Last night the EU Council president, Donald Tusk, issued the following decision on Brexit. It comprises two Articles, with an explanatory preamble of 14 paragraphs.
The 2 decisive Articles state the Council,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION
Article 1 The period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU, as extended by the European Council Decision (EU) 2019/476, is hereby further extended until 31 October 2019.
Article 2 This decision shall enter into force on the day of its adoption.
This decision shall cease to apply on 31 May 2019 in the event that the United Kingdom has not held elections to the European Parliament in accordance with applicable Union law and has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2 019.
Done at Brussels,
For the European Council, The President D. TUSK
The explanatory items are informative, especially from item 9. If anyone wishes to know what the balance of power is between the EU and UK under Mrs May’s premiership, they will find it evidenced there.
Of course all this would be superfluous if democracy were effective in the United Kingdom.
But it is not.
The UK would have left the EU on March 29th 2019. Indeed, the EU is geared up for a No Deal Brexit.
There was no reason to ask a second time for such a delay. The answer had already been given at the previous Council meeting . That EU Council stated April 12th IF the United Kingdom parliament again refused the misnamed Withdrawal Deal.
Parliament again refused. The EU had already agreed to a NO Deal Brexit with effect from 11pm on April 12th – that is midnight in the heart of Euroland.
The only reason April 12th is no longer the date of Brexit is this. May deliberately took the initiative in a letter to Tusk of April 5th to set in motion further delay.
She did so to stop Brexit. She put her Betrayal Deal to the Commons 3 times, and was defeated 3 times, yet she continues to pursue it.
This is not a Prime Minister with a democratic mindset. This is a REMAINIAC.
Her agenda is clear. She has no intention of allowing the UK to leave the EU.
By the way, the EU Council decision preamble explicitly rules out any re-opening of the Withdrawal agreement provisions.
May’s talk of NO Deal being better than a bad deal is now manifestly so much front.
INTEGRATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
It is an agreement to hold the UK to ransom by the constant threat of divorcing Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.
Only a rEUmainiac Prime Minister and senior Civil Service could have agreed to
betray the vote of 23rd June 2016
threaten the integrity of the United Kingdom
The EU agenda reduces national governments to the status of regional authorities in a European Super State.
I have lived to see the total humiliation of my country and the trashing of our precious tradition of liberty by a Conservative Prime Minister.
UPDATE: Monday 15th April 2019
The latest newsletter from Lawyers for Britain includes these words:
“Our membership of the EU has now officially been extended until 31 October 2019. In extending it, Theresa May acted without the authorisation of Parliament for any extension beyond 30 June, and in breach of her previous repeated promises. As we pointed out last week, the Prime Minister was not under any legal obligation to agree to an extension beyond 30 June, and could have walked away from the table in Brussels and delivered Brexit.”
“It has been clear to us for a long time that this Prime Minister has no interest in fulfilling the promises she made to the Conservative Party when she became leader in 2016, or to the country in the 2017 General Election Manifesto, of delivering Brexit and handing back control over our laws to the British people and our elected representatives. Instead, she has been intent on forcing the country into a deal which would provide only a false illusion of Brexit and would leave us permanently shackled to the EU: having to obey its rules without a vote, and with no prospect of being able to operate an independent global trade policy in the foreseeable future.”
“So strong is her obsession with shackling the United Kingdom permanently to this servile status that she has simply abandoned her repeated mantra that “no deal is better than a bad deal”, and her repeated statements that the UK would leave the EU on 29 March. This is despite the fact that, as made clear by Chris Heaton-Harris (“Forget the ‘end is nigh’ scaremongering – Britain is officially ready for no-deal Brexit“) the country was actually quite sufficiently prepared to leave if she had not chosen to over-ride what was the legal default option.”
“So we are now in the EU for an additional 7 months beyond the now abandoned legal exit date of 29 March. This is a fiasco which has brought national and international humiliation down on Theresa May and her government. The European Parliament elections will now – absurdly – need to be held, a step which is likely to cause huge political damage to the Conservative Party in particular.”
The lawyers go on in their newsletter to suggest it’s not yet a catastrophe. I beg to differ. I don’t believe they have yet understood the political dynamics in play as from EU Council decision of April 10th/11th. See my post at RWI.