January 31, 2019

UK: Brexit might, realistically, be delayed

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

Senior backbencher Sir Graham Brady today told the BBC that he might accept a delay to Brexit, as long as a withdrawal agreement has already been agreed.

The idea of extending the March 29 exit date has been thrown around before, and now it looks like it might happen so that Brexit legislation can be passed through Parliament. The European Union, however, is concerned that Theresa May might be leading the UK towards No Deal by not taking the opportunity to ask for the Brexit delay they think she needs.

According to The Guardian, senior figures in Brussels have been wargaming the next steps by the British government, and they think a delay to the 29th March leaving date is inevitable. However, Brussels officials fear that May’s “day to day” approach to surviving this negotiation might just mean things go wrong at the last minute.

The government says that their position on the date hasn’t changed, but even Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt today said that extra time might be required to get the deal done.

It seems likely to me, too. The Brexit date of March 29 doesn’t necessarily mean that the legislation is done and dusted, and passed through Parliament – it simply requires that the deal is in place and we’re on track to leave on mutually agreeable conditions. Assuming, of course, that the EU wants to play ball.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Hunt said:

“It is true that if we ended up approving the deal in the days before the 29th March, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation…but if we are able to make progress sooner, then that might not be necessary. We can’t know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen.”

Since the Brady amendment passed in the Commons, May has been discussing potential new arrangements to replace the backstop with EU leaders, MPs, and Irish leader Leo Varadkar.

A number of alternatives already exist that could replace the Irish backstop – from a “trusted trader” scheme that could negate the need for border checks on the island of Ireland, to pre-destination customs checks. But the EU isn’t interested.

May’s intention to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement was immediately shot down by the EU, and I doubt that’s going to change any time soon.

So…yeah. Brexit could well be delayed.

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commented 2019-02-02 13:41:11 -0500
Farage is being very none committal regards the EU lately, not like he used to be. Perhaps it is the new political party that he is supposed to be forming, that is keeping him so reserved. He would have done better to have stuck with UKIP, but then of course he dose not approve of Tommy Robinson.
commented 2019-01-31 23:42:11 -0500
Keith, we along with Nigel have been saying the same for over 2.5 years; " it’s time for May to go."
commented 2019-01-31 23:28:33 -0500
To put it all in a NUTSHELL, Brexit is really about Evil Islam.

Remainers want Evil Islam to remain.

Brexiters want Evil Islam to leave.

There is a real fear of WAR.

Marshal Law beats Sharia Law

commented 2019-01-31 19:05:15 -0500
It is about time to kick May down the road, she has done nothing toward initiating the deal that was voted for by the majority, a clean break. All she has to do is tell the EU to forget the 39 billion pounds, we are out….Just watch them jump.