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Brexit : arrogance and madness

"All eyes are on the British Parliament." It was the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said at the beginning of this week the set. On Friday afternoon, he

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Brexit : arrogance and madness

"All eyes are on the British Parliament." It was the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said at the beginning of this week the set. On Friday afternoon, he is still. It was the afternoon of that day had set, the United Kingdom more than two years ago as the end of his more than 46 years of membership in the Brussels community. It should be, so it was the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, a day of rejoicing; some talked of "liberation".

But of champagne, not a trace. Instead, there is the well-known to visit, if even for a Friday unusual Ritual. Through the chamber the same terms as in months: Brexit sounds. Terrible Contract. Betrayal. Surrender. The government is failing. No Deal. Irish Border. A Backstop. Compromise. As a compromise, really?

For the third Time, the head of government to call-off has to be submitted to the Parliament those outlet contract that you had completed in November, with the remaining 27 members of the EU. When it comes to the vote, the deputies uncompromising as before: For the third Time, reject the contract, with 344:286 votes. In ruins, the strategy, the May on Wednesday, the hardliners in your group to heel wanted to make is: In the case of an adoption of the Deals you promised your resignation. May's fate is sealed, the output of the Brexit-the struggle remains open.

It is the end of a week that began on the penultimate Friday. Within a week, at the latest on 29. March, must have agreed to the retiring member of the present contract, decided before the weekly deadline of the European Council in Brussels. Then the UK could on 22. May ordered to leave the Union. Otherwise, stand at 12. April, the Chaos-Brexit ("No Deal") on the horizon.

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order A week later, it is clear, Stefaan de Rynck, a close associate of EU chief negotiator Barnier, and Professor Sara Hagemann from the London School of Economics (LSE), agree: "No Deal is a likely scenario."

The situation is getting serious

The Dane, and Belgians speak at a conference of the think tank "the UK in a changing Europe", the centre is rising on this day in Queen-Elizabeth-II -, a concrete box diagonally across from the neo-Gothic Palace of Westminster. From the speeches of the present British, European friends as opponents alike, speaks unbelief: it Will allow the community to really come to the economic and political disaster that would mean the chaotic departure? "This would amount to a trade war," claims Faisal Islam from the TV-transmitter Sky and makes the listeners courage: "The European Council will find a way to avoid No Deal."

The scenes from the Friday, at midday, the mixture of arrogance, recklessness and ignorance of large sections of the British Public, the increasingly serious expectant look at the end of its attitude. In a curious way, this connects the two bearings, which are moved since the scarce Brexit Referendum in June 2016, and even more apart than together. The speeches in Parliament with the walls of the impression. Who was in favour of the Brexit, and of close economic cooperation in the single market and the customs Union of the language, comparable with Norway or Switzerland, speaks today of the Slogan "No Deal, no problem".

conversely, have radicalized the Brexit opponents. They were talking about two years ago, still a soft outlet the word, insisting on a second Referendum, in favour of the withdrawal of the Divorce petition and remain in the EU.

For next Monday the plans to house the second part of a series of non-binding votes, which are to explore the possibility of a compromise on the suspended EU-exit.

in order To snatch the government of the dominion of the agenda, has assembled a cross-party Alliance behind the former Tory Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin. "We are in an extreme situation," says the mild doctor of philosophy. A first round of voting on Wednesday showed a majority, after all, but the way to a compromise rejected: For remaining in a customs Union with the EU, eight votes short. Whether or not this can be over the weekend?

On the game is nothing less than the "national emergency". The dramatic term originates from the in turn, the historical appeal that the head of the industry Association, CBI, Carolyn Fairbairn, and the Association of trade unions TUC, Frances O'grady, were directed last week to the Prime May. No Deal should be avoided: "The shock to our economy would be several generations long to be felt."

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