No long Brexit delay without election of British MEPs, says leaked paper

Brussels will have to terminate the UK’s extended membership of the European Union on 1 July if elections for British MEPs have not been held, a leaked legal document reveals.

A three-month delay to Brexit beyond 29 March will not carry any conditions, but anything longer than that requires Britain to have taken part in European parliamentary elections, ambassadors have been told. EU law does not stand in the way of multiple extensions to the UK’s membership if requested, the document says.

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Many British lawmakers appear ready to ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit process instead of exiting without a deal on March 29.

While admitting that a short extension to prepare for a hard Brexit would likely find approval of the EU leaders, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of Germany's opposition FDP, told the daily Die Welt that a second referendum would be the only valid reason for a longer extension.

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So the stage is set: the UK parliament is set to vote on whether or not it wants to extend the Brexit deadline of 29 March.

Next week, the Rome government expects to roll out a series of information sessions in ports around the country to explain how No Deal would work.

How could Brexit be delayed?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a revocation should be "unequivocal and unconditional", suggesting that the ECJ would take a dim view of any attempt to withdraw an Article 50 notification and then resubmit it again later.

MPs are due to vote on Thursday on whether to delay Brexit by extending Article 50, if they vote on Wednesday to rule out leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March.

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The Conservatives have left Britain with no real government

Today Britain has to face a condition that is new: not only are the Conservatives ungovernable but, under the Tories, the country itself is ungoverned.

As the political scientist Professor Philip Cowley puts it: “On one of the most fundamental questions about Britain’s future, the government will be shrugging its shoulders and saying: ‘whatever’.” That was the real meaning of May’s address to MPs on Tuesday night, after her withdrawal agreement was rejected for the second time by a three-figure margin.

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