Daveman wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:07 pm
If I understand things correctly, the EU has said the UK could rescind their request to leave and everything would continue as is. How would this work? A letter from the Prime Minister? Subject to Parliamentary vote?
I am unsure of that particular situation, although I do recall early talk of penalties. Threatening to leave and then not leaving is not healthy for the union either, particularly if it sets a precedent or is done multiple times. I don't know the answer to your question though.
In any case, the problem is that the UK government has painted itself into a corner. They have a mandate from their citizens to do the impossible. Leave the EU but with no hardship or loss of EU benefits. I'm not 100% sure but I believe that the vote was legally binding. I.e. the UK government can't just ignore the vote and move forward as if it never happened.
So not only is deciding to leave the EU a fustercluck, they are now in a limbo they can't get out of. They can't stay without a legal way to do so, and they can't leave because leaving results in unacceptable hardship (not to mention fodder for opposition politicians).
May knew what she was getting herself into when she accepted leadership. Everyone else knew, so she certainly should have known. I'm an ocean away with a barely cursory understanding of their politics, and I knew.
Doomed. DDDdddoooommmed, I tell you.