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Brexit is now an argument based on sound bites and buzzwords. Everything from 'backstop' to 'common market' and 'leavers' and 'remainers' has become part of the regular vocabulary.
Just when you thought you'd heard them all get ready to become very familiar with a new one and we can thank European council president Donald Tusk for this one.
The 57-year-old Pole is reportedly pushing the EU27 to offer Theresa May a one-year extension to article 50 which would allow the UK to leave the EU as soon as deal is agreed in parliament.
A senior official is said to have reported that Tusk told senior EU figures on Thursday that the 'flextension' would be the best case for everyone involved.
The only reasonable way out would be a long but flexible extension. I would call it a ‘flextension’.How would it work in practice? We could give the UK a year-long extension, automatically terminated once the withdrawal agreement has been accepted and ratified by the House of Commons.
The only reasonable way out would be a long but flexible extension. I would call it a ‘flextension’.
How would it work in practice? We could give the UK a year-long extension, automatically terminated once the withdrawal agreement has been accepted and ratified by the House of Commons.
Now, it's hardly a word that rolls off the tongue and even before 'flextension' has become a reality, people have turned against the new term for basically being a bit rubbish and not even a new idea.
Please. Please can we call it flexible extension and not flextension. Not everything has to be shit. We can use proper words for things. — Ian Dunt (@Ian Dunt)
Everyone who hates the word "flextension" should blame and jeer at @pmdfoster, who coined it. — davidallengreen (@davidallengreen)
The thing about a ‘flextension’ is that Article 50 already says "The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in… https://t.co/CfPzORAafX — Jon Stone (@Jon Stone)
#flextension - latest addition to the #brexit lexicon.... https://t.co/bN4DNgaKl2 — Miceal Whelan (@Miceal Whelan)
Telling thing about 'flextension' is that it needed to be invented at all to soothe #brexit MPs and EU leaders just… https://t.co/imIhehVXpx — Peter Foster (@Peter Foster)
Brussels WhatsApp is alive with the sound of people coming up with alternatives to "flextension". You can all stop… https://t.co/WfTChVk3xV — Adam Fleming (@Adam Fleming)
What a word. #Brexit https://t.co/Eq4F6Aa6I5 — magnus (max) joss (@magnus (max) joss)
‘Flextension’ https://t.co/o7qsZjqtu0 — David Fleming 💙 (@David Fleming 💙)
@IanDunt Stop trying to make 'flextension' happen. It's not going to happen. https://t.co/6YNmjSLfUP — Jonathan Gibson (@Jonathan Gibson)
"Please sir, I want a flextension"
"A what?? Piss off" https://t.co/5kzsmBVYv0 — The Poke (@The Poke)
For my birthday, I would like immense political change in almost all respects of how the world is run...
But faili… https://t.co/jTiQTHKECI — Zoe Gardner (@Zoe Gardner)
If we do have to leave can we at least agree to ban portmanteaus forever? https://t.co/2OsA8xgogZ — Sharon O'Dea (@Sharon O'Dea)