“If you are a Labour Party member you have probably received the party e-mails asking you “Could you be a candidate?” for a parliamentary by-election and shrugged your shoulders – of course I cannot be a candidate in Rotherham if I live in Plymouth, or in Middlesborough if I live in Cardiff.”
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What does Johnson do now?
1️⃣ Asks 🇪🇺 for more time (6 months?) but implements Protocol (Result: Unionists furious)
2️⃣ Unilaterally extends grace periods (Result: 🇪🇺 furious, takes 🇬🇧 to court)
3️⃣ Triggers Article 16 (Result: serious escalation, trade war?)
None are good…
I distinctly remember the first time I read the Protocol. I went downstairs and said to my wife, “I can’t believe they [the UK govt] have actually agreed to this.” Because it was immediately evident to me that it meant exactly what Johnson is now claiming was unforeseen.