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Posts Tagged: Donald Tusk
The Moggcast. He is “very concerned” delaying Brexit would allow “Tommy Robinson to win the European elections”.
“I don’t think a new Farage Party will be where the votes go.” Plus, Rees-Mogg’s view on Corbyn and May’s letters, and Tusk’s “confused” theology.
Rather than collude with MPs to take power out of May’s hands, it is colluding with her in keeping it there – presumably with the aim of a last-minute backstop offer.
Karin Kneissl seeks to soothes ruffled feelings by quoting Satre: “Hell is the other”
Plus: Snubbed by a Remainer. Delighted for Beth Rigby. Tusk japes, May spooks, Francois almost self-combusts. And: is Brexit Brecksit or Breggsit?
All he may have achieved is to make the No Deal that neither side of the negotiations wants marginally more likely.
But neither she nor Lidington sounded as if they expect Brexit to end in disaster.
WATCH: Tusk says there is “a special place in hell” for “those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan”
The President of the European Council appears to have been taking charm and diplomacy lessons from Andrew Adonis and AC Grayling.
Esther McVey: Now that May’s Brexit deal has been voted down, we need to win back trust. Here’s how.
We also need to examine a ‘no deal transition period’ – i.e: a payment for a period of time to enable both the UK and the EU to adjust to the changes ahead of us.
Strangely but truly, the best way of helping the Prime Minister is to send her back to Brussels to win concessions on the backstop.
Other options being floated are designed to hold us in the EU’s orbit in the hope that we may be sucked back in.
Daniel Hannan: We still have time to switch course from disaster. Just. It’s up to Conservative MPs to act now.
The logic is clear enough. The EU’s choice would be between no backstop and nothing else either; or no backstop and agreement on everything else.
David Davis: There has long been an alternative to this discredited deal. It’s the Canada-style plan that Tusk and Barnier offered us.
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
It now the main issue blocking a negotiated agreement – thus risking a No Deal and potentially a harder Irish border. In short, it risks triggering the very thing it is supposed to avoid.
The only potential escape lane from a breakdown in the negotiation and No Deal gridlock is marked “to Canada”.