No Deal is a fixed part of Article 50
Dear Sir, — I am at a loss to understand why Jeremy Corbyn demands that the UK Government “takes No Deal off the table”.
Article 50, the implementation of which Labour voted for, provides: “2. A member state which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention.” “3. The treaties shall cease to apply to that state from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the member state concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.” “16. Under the terms of Article 50, ‘no deal’ can therefore be defined as a failure by the EU and UK to negotiate and conclude an agreement setting out the arrangements for withdrawal before the treaties cease to apply to the UK on 29th March, 2019, two years after Article 50 was triggered, without any extension to that period having been agreed”.
No Deal is a fixed part of Article 50. There is no provision for a withdrawing country to unilaterally delete No Deal. It may ask for an extension, which temporarily has that effect, but he asked for a deletion not an extension. — Yours faithfully,
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