It seems the UK is likely to remain in the European Union beyond March 29 – no matter what Theresa May says.
If so, it means she’ll have told us yet another falsehood on Sunday when she said she still expected the UK to leave the EU on March 29.
But there are conflicting stories about the date to which Brexit may be extended, depending on whose plan we all end up following.
The Torygraph adds two months to the calendar, with a scheme concocted by the Tories:
“Downing Street officials have drawn up a series of options in a bid to avoid resignations by ministers determined to support a backbench bid to take no deal off the table this week.
“The Prime Minister said she will delay a meaningful vote on her deal by up to two weeks until March 12, just 17 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union.
“The Telegraph understands that the plans drawn up by Downing Street officials, which were circulated at the weekend, include making a formal request to Brussels to delay Brexit if she cannot secure a deal by then.”
But the delay could last up to two years, according to an EU strategy reported in The Guardian:
“Brexit could be delayed until 2021 under plans being explored by the EU’s most senior officials, at a time of growing exasperation over Theresa May’s handling of the talks, the Guardian can reveal.
“A lengthy extension of the negotiating period is gaining traction as the EU’s default position should the Commons continue to reject May’s deal, and a request emerge.
“Replacing the 21-month transition period with extra time as a member state would allow the UK and the EU to develop their plans for the future relationship with the aim of making the contentious Irish backstop redundant.
“Brussels is determined to avoid offering a short extension only to have to revisit the issue in the summer when the government again fails to win round parliament.”
Which do you think we’ll get?
If you opted for the EU version, I’d have to agree with you – based on Mrs May’s utter failure to gain any concessions at all.
Her performance can best be summed up in the subtitles on this clip:
May's statement on the Meaningful Vote delay (with honest subtitles) pic.twitter.com/wgMPcp2OM0
— Sarah Mackie (@lumi_1984) February 24, 2019
Recently, This Site and others have taken to calling the prime minister “Groundhog May” because of her inability to get anything done.
It seems we are destined to endure a total of five years (at least) of “Groundhog May”. If her government’s oppressive policies don’t kill us, we’ll probably all die of boredom and frustration before Brexit happens.
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