Really wondering why you feel the need to argue about such an hypothetical situation (EU Parl to reject the WA), it feels you like the topic of Brexit to be under pressure, storylined like a TV show. Come on, this part of the show is over, UK will be out soon, next deadline is july (?) only to confirm no transition period extension... Let's move to phase II !
Actually I'm not arguing you and AeroVega gave plausible reason to why Guy Verhofstadt is continuing to make assertions that the EU Parliament may not ratify the agreement and the likelihood of it doing so. I'm just trying to understand Guy Verhofstadt point in trying to make amendments before the EU Parliament actually votes, after all the extensions from the UK Parliament was after voting intentions were made and well before exit day. Dutchy is trying to make out that I'm blaming the EU for not ratifying the agreement when in fact I don't give a damn if they do or not.
Aerovega's "plausible reason" is that EU Parliament would wake up, 3 months after the WA have been released, and suddenly fear the guarantee for NI aren't secured enough. Excuse me but 1) Verhofstadt grief is about citizen rights so nothing to do, and 2) sorry my friend but you shouldn't transpose UK way of working with EU's, while UK agenda was busy with the GE the EU was working as usual, if a blocking point appeared for Parliament it would have been discussed way earlier. It haven't = all you ear now is noise and ground taking for next stage.
Maybe it's my " taking ground" that doesn't mean much in english ? I expand, GV mission as Brexit coordinator for the EU Parliament is coming to its end so he is simply putting pressure while he still can and there is absolutely nothing more behind this.
If the session is to vote is so late it's only because for the last 3 deadlines EU had to react to a late extension request from UK, you can't blame EU Parliament to just wait to be sure this time UK made up its mind ! It's as good as done, you are nearly out, let's move to phase II !
Nice document to illustrate why EU Parliament will not block anything, the DRAFT RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
from the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) from which Guy Verhofstadt is the rapporteur. :http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/doc ... 036_EN.pdf
The European Parliament,
1. Gives its consent to the conclusion of the draft withdrawal agreement;
2. Instructs its President to forward its position to the European Council, the Council and
the Commission, as well as to the national parliaments and to the Government of the
The conclusion of explanatory statement :
In the light of the above, your Rapporteur suggests that the AFCO Committee give a favourable recommendation on the conclusion of the Withdrawal Agreement.
And an interesting bit I find very useful to understand why, as I said repetitively, the WA is as good as ratified for the EU side. The EU Parliament have been working hand in hand with Michel Barnier's team since A50 triggering !
The BSG, in more than 100 meetings, most of them in the presence of the EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, contributed to Parliament being permanently involved in and at the forefront of the procedure, through timely resolutions and statements, containing substantiated positions on the negotiations and major developments since the notification of the intention to withdraw.
In order to be old and wise, one must first be young and dumb.