LEADING THE WAY OUT OF THE EU

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Draft European Council conclusions leaked last night suggest the EU27 are set to agree to an extensive Brexit delay today on Donald Tusk’s preferred “flexible” model – lasting longer than May’s supposed 30 June deadline, and ending once a deal has been concluded.

Tusk, inviting EU27 heads to an emergency summit to be held this evening, wrote that “we should also discuss an alternative, longer extension. One possibility would be a flexible extension, which would last only as long as necessary and no longer than one year, as beyond that date we will need to decide unanimously on some key European projects.”

May’s response to the proposition will be highly revealing given her previous promise, delivered to the House of Commons after begging for her first extension in March, that she was “not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June”. When May inevitably leaps at the EU’s disgraceful offer, she will yet again prove herself to be one of the most duplicitous and dishonest politicians in modern British history…

But the offer will not be without controversy. Certainly it is a slap in the face to 17.4m voters who backed Leave and were told repeatedly we would leave the EU on 29 March. Legendary Brexiteer Bill Cash has been quick off the blocks, warning Donald Tusk that any long extension is likely to face legal challenges in British courts because it frustrates parliament’s legally-defined will to leave the EU – “our law is simply that the UK must leave the EU”.

If more Conservative MPs had the mindset of Sir William Cash, they might be in a better position heading into a pair of key elections in May. According to the latest Kantar poll, the Tories have collapsed in national polling by nine points in the last month as Theresa May has continued to humiliate herself and the country she alleges to represent.

The numbers are even worse in European elections polling in particular, with Hanbury Strategy showing them on a mere 23% as The Brexit Party and UKIP surge. Unsurprisingly, it appears Brexiteers aren’t too keen on being stabbed in the back over and over again!