That’s unlikely to deter hardcore Remainers from egging Juncker et al on. But will it persuade Labour to stop working with Brussels against the UK negotiating position?
Posts Tagged: Donald Tusk
Daniel Hannan: No matter how much Tusk might wish it, there will be no second referendum, and no cancellation of Brexit
A bit of romantic rhetoric from Brussels cannot change the fact that their only offers – before and after we voted Leave – have been provocatively unacceptable.
The deal’s internal contradictions are coming back to haunt it, to the confusion of May, Varadkar, Juncker, Barnier – the whole lot of them.
We need a new negotiating team – who will come in hard, making it clear to the EU that we are not going to roll over.
Trade talks may collapse – or produce no deal worth signing. But at least they’re set to happen. That’s a big breakthrough for May.
Some said we would never get the conversation going. But now it’s ready to take place. Which should win the Prime Minister some Parliamentary respite.
The run-up to the European Council meetings next week could decide the future of the negotiations.
James Arnell: Introducing my forthcoming ConservativeHome series about being Ready on Day One for Brexit
Our best chance of getting a deal remains developing a solid, credible alternative plan, and showing that we are prepared to implement it.
Henry Newman: My take from Brussels this week. The EU side wants to ramp up the pressure – not wind down the talks.
There’s more than a hint in the air that they are happy to let the negotiation get sticky – and wait for capital to flee the UK and for investment to plummet.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.
Tusk’s statement last week responding to Article 50 struck the right tone. It was measured, matter of fact and avoided confrontation.
The script for the new relationship with the EU must be written as much by those who valued it as by those who campaigned to leave it.
Christopher Howarth’s Guide to Brexit: Beneath the rhetoric, the EU27 are being surprisingly constructive
In Tusk’s draft negotiating mandate, the seeds of a deal can already be found.
“There is nothing to win in this process. In essence this is about damage control.”
“I am writing to give effect to the democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom.” The full text of May’s letter moving Article 50.
“The Government of the United Kingdom wants to agree a deep and special partnership between the UK and the EU.”
Will the UK get a deal? Much depends on whether other European governments or the EU Commission take charge on the other side of the table.