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RedToothBrush Mon 10-Dec-18 09:16:13

The ECJ have ruled that the UK can unilaterally revoke A50.

There maybe lots of other news today, but that's the big one.

May has her big vote tomorrow. Or does she.

Will she survive until the end of the week?

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 09:20:11

PMK for the week to end all weeksthanksfor Red.

IrenetheQuaint Mon 10-Dec-18 09:22:14


It's really weird knowing that something dramatic is going to happen over the next 24-48 hours, but having no idea what that might be.

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 09:24:42

Losing the vote is inevitable. I think she'll then step down, although she won't hum as Hameron did.

OhLookHeKickedTheBall Mon 10-Dec-18 09:25:19

Thanks as ever red - PMK here

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 09:25:32

Perhaps she will dance.

prettybird Mon 10-Dec-18 09:27:30

Listening to BBC Breakfast at Holyhead interviewing the guy from Stenaline (Remain surprise surprise wink) and some Brexiter.

The Brexiter claimed that the Stenaline's Guy's expert comments were just more "Project Fear" like telling a toddler that if they don't eat their greens, they'll be sent to bed hmm

No, it's "Project Realism Fear" like telling a toddler that if you stick your fingers into a plug you could be badly hurt or even die or if you let go of your mum or dad's hand and run into traffic you could be badly hurt or even die confused

PMK again grin

AwdBovril Mon 10-Dec-18 09:28:08

Thanks for the thread.

bellinisurge Mon 10-Dec-18 09:29:23

Thank you @RedToothBrush .
I feel a TMesque spoonful of peanut butter coming on.

bellinisurge Mon 10-Dec-18 09:31:10

Here you go

FestiveForestieraNoel Mon 10-Dec-18 09:31:21

Thanks red.

What a week this will be.

icannotremember Mon 10-Dec-18 09:32:06


Peregrina Mon 10-Dec-18 09:36:17

placematking - also going out for a significant time today.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 09:36:48

Not posted for ages but checking in. I think this is a game changer.

Anyone else thinking this might be what triggers the Vote of No
Confidence - New PM can revoke Art 50 and take up full UK awkward squad position back inside the EU. Then we get back to having a proper say and sorting stuff out OR they are so desperate to get rid of us they offer a decent deal.

Would require a completely different attitude and personality type from TM to carry off either outcome - JC and any number of Tories are better suited.

Cherrypi Mon 10-Dec-18 09:37:16

Is this week going to be the crunch week or is May going to find another way to delay? I think she'll kick it further along again somehow.

DGRossetti Mon 10-Dec-18 09:40:08


1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 09:51:44

I think the ability to revoke requires a good deal of commitment and procedure. Even if it said 'in good faith' the UK government and opposition, as they stand, fall woefully short of being in 'good faith'.

TatianaLarina Mon 10-Dec-18 09:55:16

Good article on May’s deceit on the backstop.

Whatthefoxgoingon Mon 10-Dec-18 10:04:51

PMK as at work. Thanks Red.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 10:05:55

Decent BBC article except for the fact that it manages to mention the MEPs, MPs, and MSPs by name without highlighting that this was an SNP initiative brought through the Scottish Courts. Scotland asserting its legal position as a fully paid up Independent legal system.

The Scottish Judge on the Supreme Court dissented from the Gina Miller Art 50 judgement on this point.

Turns out Scotland isn't about to be "dragged" anywhere because we already are Independent. grin

LeClerc BBC thinks all that is needed is a Parliamentary vote, no mention of good faith etc, etc, etc. The EU were in agreement with the UK in wanting the decision to go the other way as it hands unilateral sovereignty back to the UK (as imho should always be the case when a sovereign nation is deciding on exit from or entry into an International or Supranational Treaty)

JustAnotherPoster00 Mon 10-Dec-18 10:06:42

plaice mat king

OnTheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Mon 10-Dec-18 10:08:00

Thanks red flowers

JustAnotherPoster00 Mon 10-Dec-18 10:10:21

Im looking forward to the flood of brexiters to join the thread because this will have rattled a lot of cages

jm90914 Mon 10-Dec-18 10:18:26



When they do, I wonder if they'll answer why Brexit supporters and funders have again been caught making huge bets against the British economy, as reported today?

Rhetorical question of course. Cognitive dissonance dictates dabbling in a bit of double-think...

prettybird Mon 10-Dec-18 10:21:46

Welcome back howabout - we did appreciate your reasoned alternative viewpoint flowers

I was wondering about the "good faith" point as the BBC hadn't mentioned it. I knew it was in the Advocate General's interim opinion but wasn't sure if it was in the final judgement.

TokyoSushi Mon 10-Dec-18 10:24:22

Thanks @Red, PMK, what a week this is going to be!

nuttynutjob Mon 10-Dec-18 10:29:24

Plaice Mat King... Things are moving fast.

I have joined the Facebook 48% Preppers Group-

Not Brexit related but expect some news in the next few months/ years on NHS Direct Engagement- how the NHS is aggressively avoiding tax and paying a lot of money to tax consultants.

SusanWalker Mon 10-Dec-18 10:30:57

I have a feeling that in the not too distant future the EU will look to amend A50.

My DS who has autism put a popcorn kernel in his ear last night. He then got very upset and decided it was all my fault. Reminds me a lot of brexiteers really.

DGRossetti Mon 10-Dec-18 10:31:58

i'm looking forward to the flood of brexiters to join the thread because this will have rattled a lot of cages

Just sprinkle some facts into the thread. It's quite an effective deterrent, I've found. You may need to retreat a couple of times, and then leave some reasoned arguments overnight. They'll be gone come morning.

1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 10:38:22

DGR, if only cranefly, Japanese knotweeed and those awkward stains on your best pale top were as easy to eradicate.

SusanWalker Mon 10-Dec-18 10:38:25

i'm looking forward to the flood of brexiters to join the thread because this will have rattled

I like it better when they start their own batshit thread. Although I won't now be able to break out the popcorn.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 10:44:18

Just put my browser up to 250% to read the decision in full.

The ECJ uses "unequivocal and unconditional" in accordance with "national constitutional requirements" - no mention of "good faith" and emphasis on Nation State NOT EU sovereignty.

In closing paras explicit explanation of why the EU Commission's position that the revocation should be subject to unanimous EU Council approval is inconsistent with the purposes of the EU Treaties.

I may have to reappraise my opinion of Joanna Cherry and Jo Maugham's dogged determination but DD1 already has a wee crush on the Scottish Green's Ross Greer so she'll be impressed. grin

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 10:52:11

Susan I am Brexit minded. I am very pleased with the judgement. It puts a LOT of cards back in the UK's hands.

I wonder how many decisions the EU has made while excluding the UK over the last 2 years this calls into question? I wonder of the EU's position of conducting the Exit agreement as a 2 sided negotiation rather than a multi-party round table can / should be challenged? I wonder how many other provisions of the Lisbon Treaty which encroach on National Sovereignty may be open to similar challenge?

My whole Brexit position, as with many, was / is predicated on the loss of sovereignty from Lisbon. The UK Parliament is sovereign, as per Gina Miller, and Lisbon as it has been interpreted / used by the EU with acquiescence of successive UK Governments has undermined this.

Holidayshopping Mon 10-Dec-18 10:54:41

Interesting! Time for a second referendum?!

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 10:56:41

* I am very pleased with the judgement. It puts a LOT of cards back in the UK's hands.*

Not quite.It doesn't put cards back, as that implies cards were taken away. All the ECJ judgment did is confirm where the cards were in the first place.

DGRossetti Mon 10-Dec-18 10:59:50

All the ECJ judgment did is confirm where the cards were in the first place.

or, TL;DR - the "sovereignty" argument was always bollocks.

prettybird Mon 10-Dec-18 10:59:58

Thanks for clarifying that Howabout smile

Sky News has just mentioned that it uses the word "definitively" - ie that we want to remain, not just wanting to revoke to stall for time.

I suspect there will be an amendment to the Lisbon Treaty to shut down the potential for abusers of the process (I'm not suggesting that this would be aimed purely at the UK) to invoke/revoke at will.

But that will itself also open a can of worms as don't some of the E27 require referendums (shockwink) to agree changes to the EU treaties? hmm

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 11:00:35

Really interesting question from MNHQ about handing over the process to a people's assembly...

OhLookHeKickedTheBall Mon 10-Dec-18 11:02:57

Just for a giigle, was this posted at all yesterday?
Leaked footage from No 10
Laughed so much it hurt at blue passportssess

DGRossetti Mon 10-Dec-18 11:03:26

No worries. Here's the UK car industry to the rescue.

Growth in the UK's economy has slowed as car sales fell and the manufacturing sector stalled, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

The economy grew by 0.4% in the three months to October, slower than the 0.6% in the three months to September.

"GDP growth slowed going into the autumn after a strong summer, with a softening in services sector growth mainly due to a fall in car sales," said the ONS's Rob Kent-Smith.


(Cars being one of the oft-cited things that will show the UKs strength in Brexit ....)

DGRossetti Mon 10-Dec-18 11:04:20

Meanwhile, in other news ...

Shares in Interserve - one of the UK's largest providers of public services - have collapsed after it revealed it is seeking a rescue deal.

The firm, which works in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the roads, has £500m of debts and says its rescue plan will involve issuing new shares.


Carillion - part deux ??????

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 11:05:05

You and I agree lonely but the EU Commission and Council, TM's Government, and The UK Supreme Court held a different view.

I really don't see how a change to Art 50 would get through. It was only passed through Member States last time because there were all sorts of assurances about no ceding of sovereignty which have been trampled on systematically ever since.

Buteo Mon 10-Dec-18 11:08:37

The ECJ decision is here:;jsessionid=30070EAD3C16AB345376A71509ACC49D?text=&docid=208636&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1

On those grounds, the Court (Full Court) hereby rules:

Article 50 TEU must be interpreted as meaning that, where a Member State has notified the European Council, in accordance with that article, of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, that article allows that Member State — for as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between that Member State and the European Union has not entered into force or, if no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period laid down in Article 50(3) TEU, possibly extended in accordance with that paragraph, has not expired — to revoke that notification unilaterally, in an unequivocal and unconditional manner, by a notice addressed to the European Council in writing, after the Member State concerned has taken the revocation decision in accordance with its constitutional requirements. The purpose of that revocation is to confirm the EU membership of the Member State concerned under terms that are unchanged as regards its status as a Member State, and that revocation brings the withdrawal procedure to an end.

I'll leave howabout to do the lawerly breakdown though.

Mrsr8 Mon 10-Dec-18 11:11:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 11:16:33

I was only interpolating cos I was too lazy to track down an easy to read version Buteo. Don't venture into lawyerly thought very often these days so properly chuffed to be in agreement with the ECJ this morning. smile

MangoSplit Mon 10-Dec-18 11:18:49

Place marking

Buteo Mon 10-Dec-18 11:20:23

So would the Miller case, which required a Parliamentary vote to trigger Article 40, also mean that a Parliamentary vote would be required to revoke it?

OhLookHeKickedTheBall Mon 10-Dec-18 11:32:03

buteo I think David Allen Green (could be someone else) has something this morning about this ruling making the Miller case void as the ruling relied on the assumption the revokation not being possible.

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 11:33:55

Yes Buteo . Not really the Miller case than means tis happens.All that case did was just confirm what we assumed was the situation. It confirmed the long-standing and fundamental assumption that any huge UK changes should be brought about by full Parliamentary process and not government or ministerial short cuts acting alone.

We have a woolly constitution but it was always assumed that Parliament should be supreme.It was bizarre, quite frankly, that TM has tried on so many occasions to circumvent Parliament.If you believe something is right then stand up for it- within our Parliamentary process.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 11:36:00

The ECJ seems to think so Buteo, although I think that would be open to challenge. The Supreme Court treated the original decision to trigger as a question of sovereignty which also impacted on UK Law (The 1972 Act) and therefore required Parliamentary approval. If in fact, Art 50 has no impact on Sovereignty and UK Law then I think (?) there is an argument to challenge this via the Supreme Court.

I think it doubtful that the Government would raise such a challenge as they don't want to revoke Art 50. The more likely route is either that the Government tables a motion (not sure what sort (?)) to revoke Art 50 in Parliament. I think it may be harder for backbenchers in Parliament to initiate but could have been done as an amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Now seems far more likely the Withdrawal Agreement will fall / be scrapped and everything starts from scratch.

Not sure how any future Government gets round the headache of honouring the 1st Referendum if we rejoin with a view to renegotiating (ie back at Cameron and Merkel)

hanahsaunt Mon 10-Dec-18 11:40:11

My MP has sent me an essay entitled Tough Times Don't Last But Tough People Do grin. It's too long to reproduce here but the opening paragraph gives a reasonable flavour:

"Our Prime Minister is made of the right stuff. A woman of substance. Her incredible resilience, fortitude, selflessness and sense of duty are an example to us all. They have also got us further in these negotiations than anyone else could ever have imagined. Of course, the deal is not perfect, any deal that you are negotiating with another party is bound to include compromises, but those who say that they will not support it and have a better solution have key questions to answer; will the deal they propose get through the House of Commons and will it meet the promises made prior to the referendum."

Two pages later and he finishes with a pledge of loyalty to Theresa May. So that's one vote she has in the bag ...

Mrsr8 Mon 10-Dec-18 11:41:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OhLookHeKickedTheBall Mon 10-Dec-18 11:41:47

I've had a quick look back buteo. Faisal Islam covered it in his write up. Miller's case not so much void (very bad terminology on my part) but the assumptions it was made on are flawed. Not sure what that means going forward though.

RedToothBrush Mon 10-Dec-18 11:44:09

Tom Newton Dunn @tnewtondunn
PM's secret calls to EU leaders over the weekend were quite extensive: Merkel on Saturday afternoon, Rutte in the evening, Tusk and Juncker on Sunday morning, Varadkar the afternoon. (1)

As of 11am, No10 has just insisted the vote is still going ahead and the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be reopened. Simon Coveney also confirms the latter. So was the PM rebuffed in whatever she asked of EU leaders? (2)

Laura Kuenssberg @bbclaurak
Official line at lobby that vote going ahead may well be rather quickly updated ... LOTS of conflicting signals at the moment but some smart money on vote being pulled

And I'm off again.

OnTheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Mon 10-Dec-18 11:46:41

Laura Kuenssberg
‘An emergency has been confirmed’ - Everyone being thrown out of Commons because of a fire alarm - that’s one way of avoiding the vote -

MissMalice Mon 10-Dec-18 11:49:31

Saving my place for a dramatic few days.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 11:50:09

Laura K now getting unconfirmed (as yet) briefings that Withdrawal Agreement vote is being pulled.

TokyoSushi Mon 10-Dec-18 11:50:50

Laura K now saying 2 cabinet sources confirming that the vote has been pulled. Jeez!

So what happens now? Brussels seem likely to say we're not renegotiating, no confidence in TM? The government? She resigns (unlikely) ? Something else?

1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 11:53:24

SKY was reporting that the EU have said yet again this morning that the WA deal is all that is on the table and there will be no amendments.

Mistigri Mon 10-Dec-18 11:55:05

Place marking, this place is nearly as quick as twitter with the news and you don't get the same thing retweeted 30 times.

I'm taking advantage of my FOM while I still have it - in Paris today (seeing student daughter) then in London for 3 days (or possibly longer if there are strikes in France on Friday). Might be my last UK visit before brexit ...

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 11:56:10

David Allen Green has lots of good stuff on this on his twitter, which I agree with - can't remember if I always do. He is suitably complimentary of Jo Maugham in almost exactly the same way I was earlier grin

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Dec-18 12:00:52

If they pull the vote then what?

Thanks Red - hope everyone has lots of spare time this week confused

jasjas1973 Mon 10-Dec-18 12:02:48

BBC saying vote is unofficial pulled!

so a policy is a policy until it isn't lol!

Hazardswan Mon 10-Dec-18 12:04:00


Still celebrating revoke.

any excuse

And place mark 👑


TokyoSushi Mon 10-Dec-18 12:05:04

Sky news at 12 saying No 10 Spokesperson just said in briefing vote is on and Brussels have re-confirmed the deal is closed and will not be re-opened.

God knows what's going on! Apparently, telecon with cabinet due to finish at 12:30, stand by!

TokyoSushi Mon 10-Dec-18 12:11:43

Commons statement at 3:30pm, that's no good for the school run!

PineappleSunrise Mon 10-Dec-18 12:14:53

My MP has sent me an essay entitled Tough Times Don't Last But Tough People Do.

Good God, this actually makes me feel stabby. My paternal grandparents survived the Great Depression. My mother's mother survived being widowed with four very young children. They "survived" and were relieved to have done so. They were NOT proudly superior to the people who didn't survive those hardships, and they were not grateful to those hardships because they were perfectly aware that they didn't need to prove their "toughness" to anyone - least of all a government minion whose screw-ups are BRINGING the hardship.

I cannot even begin to express just how much contempt I feel for the kind of person who could write that.

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 12:15:36

We'll be halfway through the homework by then Tokyo smile

1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 12:16:26

{Commons statement at 3:30pm, that's no good for the school run!}
News headlines tonight, 'Children of MNers abandoned at school'.

lonelyplanetmum Mon 10-Dec-18 12:19:24

3.30pm suits me for once. DD has an after school club today!

Do go over to the MNHQ thread at the top of the Brexit tab.Stella Creasy asking for a Citizen's panel? Why we should bail the Tories out I don't know though.

Alwaysbekind2014 Mon 10-Dec-18 12:19:27

I am so confused, my head actually hurts 😂🤣so did the EU say we could pull out or not ?

MissMalice Mon 10-Dec-18 12:19:47

Assume vote is pulled to give her more time to find support for her deal?
Can’t see EU re-opening negotiations now. They’ve said many times that they won’t.

What happens if no vote is held at all - could we end up crashing out altogether? Surely that would be impossible given need for meaningful vote?

Buteo Mon 10-Dec-18 12:23:17

What a catastrofuck.

Mind you, to echo David Allen Green's tweet:

Huge respect for the skills of the MPs who got the meaningful vote amendment through.

A beautifully crafted legislative time bomb.

Quietrebel Mon 10-Dec-18 12:24:05

breaking Seems the vote has been pulled.
Now what???

hanahsaunt Mon 10-Dec-18 12:25:20

@PineappleSunrise - my MP is a contemptible sycophant (IMO). Thirsk & Malton in case you wondered.

prettybird Mon 10-Dec-18 12:29:17

I see the pound is taking a tanking against the Euro hmm

MissMalice Mon 10-Dec-18 12:30:05

Independent reporting definitely pulled

DGRossetti Mon 10-Dec-18 12:32:00

Why we should bail the Tories out I don't know though.

I wonder if private polling is scaring someone, somewhere ?

Just for the robots:

I'd happily accept Brexit as the price of destroying the Tories.

If the choice is Brexit, but no Tories; I'm in.

I voted Remain. But I'd vote leave if it finished off the Tories.

If we get Brexit, do we need the Tories ?

(I wonder if we could Googlebomb that ?)

MissMalice Mon 10-Dec-18 12:39:26

What are the chances of Corbyn whipping his party to abstain?

jm90914 Mon 10-Dec-18 12:39:58

Shall I tune out for the rest of the day?

Or wait for the barrage of meaningless drivel that is likely to spew forth at 3:30?

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Dec-18 12:40:20

I didn't realise we were on another thread already (thanks Red!), but this is what I just posted on the last one:

It's being reported that TM is currently on a conference call with the Cabinet to discuss the WA and the way forward.

I hate conference calls at the best of times, but can you even imagine how hellish that particular call must be? Too many people; someone will forget to mute their phone when they aren't speaking so everyone hears their household noise; three people will talk over each other; at least four of them will be messaging each other privately to discuss what is being said; and some people will never get to talk at all.


I almost feel sorry for them...

Meanwhile, I've just heard the PM is making a statement to Parliament at 3.30pm today

Cuppaqueen Mon 10-Dec-18 12:42:35

Interesting commentary on what might happen next from Robert Peston on Facebook:

He seems to think MPs could somehow refuse to allow the vote to be abandoned.

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Dec-18 12:42:59

Dominic Grieve just told Jeremy Vine that Parliament wouldn't let the UK crash out on March 29th - but was somewhat hazy on exactly how it would be able to do so

What a time, when Sin Fein (who of course don't vote in Parliament) support the WA but many of the governing party don't support the proposition put forward by their own leader

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 12:46:03


At the time of TM's snap GE I said I'd accept Remain if it got JC to No. 10, because the changes to the UK would completely change the dynamic with the EU. I stand by this.

Looking like a lose / lose for TM and co.

colouringinpro Mon 10-Dec-18 12:47:32

I cannot believe she's pulled the vote.

But I can too confusedconfused

Please please please can we Remain. This total shitshow is Seriously doing my head in sad

prettybird Mon 10-Dec-18 12:48:07

Nicola Sturgeon's reaction

colouringinpro Mon 10-Dec-18 12:49:09

Preston wondering if MPs can vote down her proposal to delay The Vote. FFS

1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 12:49:21

So the soap opera that is brexit is in full flow see sawing the funds of investors upwards as the markets react to the 'news'.
I would hazard a guess at a couple more rounds of this followed by a massive capitulation by the ERG mob who, having ratcheted up their profits will 'gracefully' concede defeat at the last minute while carrying their cash away.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Dec-18 12:51:32


howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 12:52:49

I agree with Nicola fshock

prettybird Mon 10-Dec-18 12:54:59

fgrin Happy to help! fwink

Mrsr8 Mon 10-Dec-18 12:55:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DarlingNikita Mon 10-Dec-18 12:56:15

and a statement on Article 50 too. Interesting timing, no, just after the court ruling?

1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 12:56:44

Tsk Tsk Mrsr8 you don't need to mince your words!

howabout Mon 10-Dec-18 13:01:41

The ERG via Steve Baker not impressed with pulling of vote and have just reiterated their demands for a full renegotiation (basically Canada +).

Peston hinting strongly he thinks TM resignation in play.

MissMalice Mon 10-Dec-18 13:03:41

Why is anybody still banging on about renegotiating? The EU has said no.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Dec-18 13:04:18

I'm guessing the eu might have changed their minds?

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Dec-18 13:04:54

I think she is resigning if Leadsom is speaking afterwards.

DarlingNikita Mon 10-Dec-18 13:08:43

I think she is resigning if Leadsom is speaking afterwards.

Good point.

1tisILeClerc Mon 10-Dec-18 13:09:05

{Why is anybody still banging on about renegotiating? The EU has said no.}
And for the hard of understanding it will be in 27 languages, just in case someone is having difficulty.

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