But neither she nor Lidington sounded as if they expect Brexit to end in disaster.
Posts Tagged: Donald Tusk
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”.
Interview. David Owen’s Brexit plan. Move from transition through the EEA into Canada Plus Plus Plus – before the next election.
The former Foreign Secretary says May’s team are inexperienced in EU negotiations and are “pushing out disinformation”.
The Prime Minister will be under pressure to stand down if she doesn’t junk Chequers.
The PM needs to empathise with those who have concerns about her policy. She should accept that Chequers is probably not anyone’s dream plan.
The EU’s rejection of Chequers gives May a chance to unite her party around Canada Plus Plus Plus – the only strategic Brexit option now open to her.
Theresa Villiers: The ERG’s solution to the Irish border opens the door to a wide-ranging free trade agreement
Now we will find out if the EU really is seeking practical progress, or if it is cynically exploiting the issue as a way to seek leverage.
Our exit in will coincide with a new cycle of European elections which will redraw political power in the European Parliament and other EU institutions.