The EU has so far stayed out of the UK’s internal convulsions over Brexit — for good reason. It is easier for a continental European to learn the rules of cricket than to make sense of the House of Commons and of the speaker’s constitutional role. I would urge the EU to reconsider its position and actively interfere in the UK debate, in order to tilt the balance of probabilities in favour of Theresa May’s proposed withdrawal agreement. The European Council should make two related announcements, ideally very soon. The first is to declare the EU’s readiness to renegotiate the political declaration to allow for different outcomes of the future relationship. This could include, for example, the Norway option (membership of the European Free Trade Association) or a customs union. The second is a political decision to rule out an extension of the March 29 Brexit deadline, except to give extra time for ratification. Taken together, these two announcements would not give Britain’s prime min...

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