Reality, as I progressively found out, was less pretty. The EU coopted too many too quickly, and made too many “in-but-not-totally-in” concessions. As shown in the EU Members List, Denmark and Sweden keep their own currency (in both cases the krona, same name but not the same), as do Hungary (the forint) and Poland (the zloty). This shows a lack of what jurists felicitously call affectio societatis: “the common will of several legal persons or legal entities to merge into one entity.”
Theresa May will deliver a speech to Stoke-on-trent factory workers – in a last ditch effort to rally support behind her Brexit deal. The Prime Minister will visit the ‘Brexit capital of Britain’ on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Commons vote on her withdrawal agreement. People in Stoke-on-Trent voted around 70-30 in favour of leaving the EU in the 2016 referendum, one of the highest Leave votes in the country. In her speech, at an unnamed Stoke-on-Trent factory, Mrs May will warn that if MPs vote against her deal, Brexit may not happen at all. This follows last week’s votes in the Commons, which will make it harder for the government to implement a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
What will Theresa May's Plan B be if she loses next week's meaningful vote as expected? LBC's Political Editor Theo Usherwood assesses her options. Yesterday's defeat means that if the Prime Minister does lose, she must return to Parliament to set out her Plan B within three working days. What will that Plan B look like? Here is what she might do next.
BY CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
|the weekly Standard|AIWA! NO|Like Hannibal’s Carthaginian army after the battle of Cannae, Britain’s supporters of Brexit have won but they don’t know it—and if you don’t know you’ve won, you’re at risk of losing. Two years ago they triumphed in a referendum that asked whether Britain should exit (hence the word “Brexit”) from the European Union. They beat a better-funded opposition and a government-sponsored scare campaign that enlisted everyone from World Bank economists to Barack Obama. Led by Prime Minister Theresa May, who did not back Brexit when it was up for a vote but promised to see it through Parliament after it won, they filed a formal declaration of withdrawal in 2017. If nothing else is done, on March 29, 2019, under Article 50 of the E.U.’s Lisbon Treaty, the E.U.’s laws “shall cease to apply” in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.