UK Gov : Unilateral declaration from the UK that it could terminate the backstop – in certain circumstances. pic.twitter.com/llKSaxrgja
— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) March 11, 2019
Let this be put in plain terms.
You cannot have a "unilateral" interpretation of a bilateral text.
It makes no sense. It is meaningless. It is illogical. It is oxymoronic. It is moronic.
And it certainly is *not* "legally binding".
— David Allen Green (@davidallengreen) March 11, 2019
Texts this evening are as agreed by UK and Commission; they still formally need to be endorsed by the European Council. Hence, Juncker has written to Tusk … recommending they be endorsed subject to positive vote in Commons. Varadkar 'prepared to accept'.https://t.co/6M4qrsiy35 pic.twitter.com/ZNKytKWbAO
— David Phinnemore (@DPhinnemore) March 11, 2019
Two and a half years of negotiating, and basically what the U.K. has achieved is for the EU to agree keep a straight face for a bit while Britain talks to itself. https://t.co/rV2aGiV6co
— Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie) March 11, 2019
Very hard to see what's really new in all of this. It's the Withdrawal Agreement served with a side order of "this doesn't mean what it doesn't mean anyway".
— Fintan O'Toole (@fotoole) March 11, 2019
Strong EU spin—clear they are trying help May get the deal through.
Problem according to QC I’ve spoken to, is that it’s next to impossible to prove a breach by the EU which is what’s required for unilateral action by the UK.
Strongly suspect this will unravel tomorrow. #Brexit https://t.co/4pksEBA2LC
— Tom Kibasi (@TomKibasi) March 11, 2019
EU position on extension could prove to be the most significant thing about this evening https://t.co/r9nj4r7yNC
— Joe Owen (@jl_owen) March 11, 2019
If deal not ratified tomorrow, it’s no deal or no Brexit. EU is shutting up shop from tonight.
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) March 11, 2019
There you have it from Tusk and Juncker. "Legal reassurances".
Changed 👏 pic.twitter.com/cYbl4z2eCg
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 11, 2019
View from Dublin:
1. Withdrawal Agreement is unchanged
2. Joint statement is a legal interpretations of what’s in the WA (agreed by both sides)
3. Unilateral statement is UK talking to themselves.
Mood in Gov Buildings described as “calm”. #Brexit
— Kevin Doyle (@KevDoyle_Indo) March 11, 2019
"There will be no third chance. there will be no interpretation of the interpretations." Juncker ultimatum to British MPs voting on #Brexit deal tomorrow.
— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) March 11, 2019
This may be a significant concession to Brexiteers in the short term but in the medium term it’s bad news for unionism in NI. They need to park the conversation about the border not prolong it with RFID pilots in South Armagh (good luck with that btw) https://t.co/R2tcXyd5CH
— Matthew O'Toole (@MatthewOToole2) March 11, 2019
Powerful geopolitical argument against Brexit from Kevin Rudd. Debunks the Global Britain bullshit. Think the Commonwealth can save Brexit Britain? That’s utter delusion https://t.co/p2ewTmjTeX
— Brigid Laffan (@BrigidLaffan) March 11, 2019
Brilliant interview technique by Anthony Barnett. Polite but persistent. https://t.co/QA9Impi4TH
— lawrencedonegan (@lawrencedonegan) March 11, 2019
"Well son, it turns out she didn't know what legally binding means…" pic.twitter.com/ttlDWB32fg
— Enough Of That Now (@AndyGilder) March 11, 2019
Her LAST version of the same deal united Britain – everyone thought it was shit. https://t.co/FZYP7KgdmE
— Pete Sinclair (@pete_sinclair) March 11, 2019
#Trump promised he wouldn't cut Medicare or Medicaid. His new budget would cut about $845 billion from Medicare over 10 years & cuts $241 billion from Medicaid.@paulwaldman1 & @ThePlumLineGS on this, well, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad budget.https://t.co/K7bvwHygpE
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) March 11, 2019
The Trump budget's winners and losers, from golf buddies to e-cigarettes to cancer research: https://t.co/5cYVouLoFW
— Sarah Owermohle (@owermohle) March 11, 2019
BREAKING: Trump budget proposal today impact. If it’s related to your health, it’s CUT by a lot.
❌$1.5 Trillion Medicaid
❌$845 Billion Medicare
❌$220 Billion SNAP (food for poor kids)
❌$25 Billion Soc Security
❌$84 Billion Disabilty programs!
❌ CDC & NIH decimated
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) March 11, 2019
Trump calls for massive cuts to National Science Foundation budget https://t.co/t9cZRJSBxy pic.twitter.com/k1A53qz6rR
— The Hill (@thehill) March 11, 2019
The Mueller Investigation is going to be done [checks calendar] the second week of February but DOJ just ensured it has funding to still be at work roughly a year from now. https://t.co/wWZyEUokA7
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) March 11, 2019
"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country."
👉This still leaves an opening for impeachment to happen.https://t.co/X1Ch2EDCUG
— Adrienne Kirschner 🇺🇸 (@AdaKirschner) March 11, 2019
The republic is worth it. And without the rule of law, the republic cannot live for long. https://t.co/M4IUNn0Tzz
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 11, 2019
Outrage over Pelosi impeachment stance prompts me to recommend “The Shadow President” by D’Antonio & Eisner. Bone-chilling premise: “With his oath of office, Vice President Pence became . . . the most successful Christian supremacist in American history.” https://t.co/OPl3MIkIRc
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) March 12, 2019
🤔Cindy Yang hasn’t been charged w a crime yet- but she’s already lawyering up. She chosen Roger Stone's friends as her lawyers… https://t.co/ezX9OVAIiz
— Venture Capital (@kelly2277) March 11, 2019
CNN’s Jim @Acosta suggests Sarah Sanders is afraid to hold briefings because of Trump’s legal problemshttps://t.co/O1xJnlAAdd
— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 11, 2019
A federal judge says the Trump admin is responsible for reuniting all children separated at the border since July 2017, not just the 2,700 separated since 2018’s zero tolerance policy.
This includes thousands of children separated before the govt developed a tracking system. pic.twitter.com/8bld6CK5ty
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 11, 2019
U.S. sanctions Russian bank over dealings with Venezuela state oil firm https://t.co/RhhT2TK0WB pic.twitter.com/GSHGWQjfG4
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 11, 2019
The bicentenario bank in Merida was looted, people left the Venezuelan bolivars behind and left the money on the street and set fire to piles of Venezuelan bolivars to prove its worthless #Venezuela #SinLuz pic.twitter.com/YJlT2qFPrY
— CNW (@ConflictsW) March 11, 2019
Underwater mudslides are the biggest threat to offshore drilling, and energy companies aren't ready for them, says #Florida State U prof. https://t.co/tQOduZuwWG
— Craig Pittman (@craigtimes) March 11, 2019
"The story of storytelling began so long ago that its opening lines have dissolved into the mists of deep time. The best we can do is loosely piece together a first chapter." @ferrisjabr @Harpers https://t.co/QAg0JEGNVm
— Longreads (@Longreads) March 11, 2019
"While the web has created opportunity, given marginalised groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers… and made all kinds of crime easier to commit." -Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web https://t.co/QwDNKCOUKF
— WIRED (@WIRED) March 11, 2019