Pieter CleppeBritain will have plenty of scope to cause trouble in Brussels after delay to Brexit

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Britain will have plenty of scope to cause trouble in Brussels after delay to Brexit

A view of the Berlaymont building
A view of the Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Union Commission

The likes of EU Council President Donald Tusk and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney have been doing their utmost to scare Brexiteers in Parliament into backing Theresa May’s deal by raising the prospect of a very long extension of the UK’s EU membership.

Apparently, Tusk has an extension of one year in mind, which puts him in agreement with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s right-hand man, Martin Selmayr, and follows the strategy being outlined by Theresa May’s chief Brexit advisor Olly Robbins when he was overheard in a Brussels bar.

They might need to think twice before they make such an offer. It’s certainly worth considering what, precisely, a long extension would entail. …

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