@fitheach Also see this by Charlie Stross on twitter on how Brexit may now be a Eastern European verb. :-)
"Charlie Stross @cstross
I am informed that "brekzit" had become a verb in some eastern-European parts, meaning: saying goodbye to everyone as if you're about to leave, but then not actually leaving."
Ha ha. Good example of words travelling, and also how the meaning changes at the same time.
I suspect the UK will be leaving the EU. Maybe not on March 29th, but leaving none the less.
That assumes another referendum. That is not going to happen. Not enough time to hold a referendum before March 29th. EU has already indicated that an extension to #Article50 would have to end before Euro elections around May 23-25. Still not enough time for a referendum. Plus, Conservatives, Labour & DUP oppose 2nd EU referendum.
I accept *if* there was a 2nd EU referendum Remain could win.
I said it is possible that Brexit won't happen on March 29th. For that to happen the EU27 must agree. Also, an extension would only be until at latest approx. May 23rd (EU elections). The UK cannot unilaterally stall. The UK can unilaterally revoke #Article50 and completely cancel Brexit (unlikely as that is).
I've never fully accepted that May was a Remain supporter. The words reluctant & opportunistic come to mind. She hates EU immigration. Brexit is her last hope to be remembered.
Don't think so. EU have stated, using diplomatic language, that reasons for Article50 extension would be to accommodate another referendum or a UK General Election happens. Even under either of those scenarios I suspect the May 23rd deadline would still apply.
TBH I suspect many EU politicians were fed-up with the UK prior to 2016. The last 2.5 years have extended that feeling, and many will be glad to see the back of the UK.
I chose to say "politicians" quite specifically. People I know from the EU27 generally think "don't do it, don't go". Some people I don't know, also want the UK to stay:
However, there are many EU27 politicians that would like to see the UK depart, particularly those who want to hasten EU integration.
I boosted this a few days ago; list of stories carried by UK press and debunked by the EU:
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