Here are six recent examples of how the Prime Minister has been mugged by reality.
Posts Tagged: EU
The importance of competitive taxes cannot be understated. And retaining high standards is not incompatible with growth.
Until we see the EU’s offer, we have no way of telling if there has been a breakthrough, a capitulation, or a bluff.
Profile: Emmanuel Macron, grandstander over fishing. A campaigner of genius – but not a man to be taken literally.
If Peter Sellers were still around, he could play the President to perfection, as a politician who is all at once cunning, witty, naive and triumphant.
Triggering it would not be an assault on international law, but nor would it be a panacea. Frost wants to re-open the treaty.
Frost is correst that the UK would be within its rights to trigger Article 16 – the anti-diversion of trade provisions are in the text.
Stephen Booth: Both sides must accept that substantive change is necessary for the Northern Ireland Protocol
The negative economic and political real-world consequences of implementing the Protocol cannot be what either intended.
The front-runner to succeed Merkel has perfected the art of making not having a row, indeed not making a decision, sound reasonable.
Henry Hill: Frost secures a stay of execution for British trade with Northern Ireland, but no sign of a pardon yet
An agreement to extend grace periods would avoid the Government having to do so unilaterally, as it did previously.
The process of leaving brutally exposed some of the UK’s shortcomings. But a Remain vote would have hid them, not solved them.
It’s also about much more, of course. But the wrangle over a legal principle is also over the consequences of enforcing it.
Stephen Booth: Switzerland’s painstaking negotiations with the EU tell us a lot about our future relationship with Brussels
We can expect greater divergence, whether we like it or not, and should focus on our diplomatic relationships outside the bloc.
Garvan Walshe: Lukashenko’s air piracy. By way of western response, sanctions are only a start. Here’s what we need to do next.
Universities need heavier scrutiny. Owners must be identified. Media backed by regimes that restrict freedom should be denied broadcast licenses.
Labour isn’t focused on the second, preferring to blame others for problems, and too many of its activists aren’t the first, either.
The centre isn’t where he or ConservativeHome or anyone else wants it to be. It’s where it is – “Far From Notting Hill”.