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Irish minister claims EU will be happy to consider new deal – but Brexit would be delayed

This will come as a bit of a surprise to some Twitter users. I was discussing the Brexit deal with them as follows:

Oh, really?

If Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney knows what he’s saying – and he should – then the EU will be delighted to discuss a new Brexit proposal with the UK.

And the bloc will be happy to accept a suspension or temporary revocation of Article 50 – that sets the date of the UK’s departure at March 29 – while discussions take place.

According to the BBC: “Brexit may have to be delayed if the UK submits an “entirely new” proposal on its withdrawal from the EU, the Irish foreign affairs minister has said.

“Speaking to Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, Simon Coveney said the UK may have to rescind its Brexit notification “for the moment” if that happened.

“Mr Coveney said if there was a new proposal “undoubtedly it would need a lot more time to be considered on the EU side”.

“”That would probably involve an extension of Article 50 or pulling Article 50 for the moment,” he said.”

He acknowledged that the EU has said it will not carry out any further negotiation on Theresa May’s current Brexit deal, though – and admitted that Mrs May doesn’t want to put a different deal on the table.

Still, it seems “iVoted4Corbyn” was justified in tweeting: “Glad the EU have now confirmed what Jeremy Corbyn has argued all along. The EU are happy & willing to open entirely new negotiations on a completely different Brexit Package, such as the one proposed by Labour.”

It’ll take much more than that to satisfy some people, of course – who have an ideological commitment to the immutability of the current situation.

I wonder how my new Twitter acquaintances will take this development.

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Boris Johnson won’t attend EU foreign ministers’ meeting on Donald Trump – for fear of comparison?

Separated at birth or cloned? Donald Trump and Boris Johnson [Composite: Laura Tisdale/Twitter].

Separated at birth or cloned? Donald Trump and Boris Johnson [Composite: Laura Tisdale/Twitter].

Boris Johnson can make any excuse he wants – This Writer thinks he’s frightened of attending any meeting on Donald Trump in case he gets mistaken for the man himself.

Private Eye has pointed out there are many similarities between them, including:

  • Stupid hair
  • Spouts nonsense
  • Known philanderer
  • Inexplicable popularity

Put that way, even I’m ready to be convinced by the conspiracy theorists that Mr Johnson is Mr Trump’s clone.

On that evidence, perhaps Mr Johnson is right to shun the EU ministers’ meeting.

If they’re as concerned about Mr Trump as we’re being led to believe, they might string him up and then call it mistaken identity.

Boris Johnson has snubbed an emergency EU foreign ministers’ meeting called to discuss Donald Trump’s shock US election victory.

A Foreign Office spokesman said that an “act of democracy” had taken place in the US and that there was no need for EU ministers to organise an extra meeting on top of the one already scheduled next week.

It comes after Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson branded vocal European concern about the US election result as a “whinge-o-rama”, while Ms May was criticised by Labour for failing to “temper” her congratulations to the President-elect.

Source: Boris Johnson refuses to attend the urgent EU foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the impact of Donald Trump | The Independent

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