We need to be tough – without a deal, they should get no money from us, reduced troop levels in Eastern Europe, less help on refugee issues in the Mediterranean.
Disputes have focused on questions arising from his plight – parental, ethical, legal. But it may be useful to widen the angle of the lens.
We don’t need a European solution; we need a global solution. We must think independent Anglosphere, not dependent Eurosphere.
Each one of us will have a vote on any deal – and 73 MEPs may well be crucial to passing it.
Hopefully, these efforts will pay off next week when national leaders decide whether to open talks on trade and a transition period. It is time to get down to business.
The run-up to the European Council meetings next week could decide the future of the negotiations.
I believe that there will be a growing clamour for any deal to be put by referendum to the British people before the final decision is taken.
Already, the EU is demanding discussion of certain trade matters which, according to its repeated statements, should not be brought up until the next phase of talks.
Richard Ashworth and Julie Girling apparently believe that the UK has not made ‘sufficient progress’ on Brussels’ check-list.
By reminding us that the EU status quo isn’t on the table, Juncker has done us a favour. Now May must set out her own stall.
The Chancellor has not always been well treated by his neighbour, and deserves support over public spending. But he has mishandled his internal position over Brexit.
EU leaders care less about the result than many in Britain think. They are used to leading minority governments, and just want to get on with the talks.
Tusk’s statement last week responding to Article 50 struck the right tone. It was measured, matter of fact and avoided confrontation.
“No deal means no winners – everybody will lose.”
Whatever the outcome, MPs and peers must be able to have their say in the lobbies.