Storming results for the Five Star Movement and the League pose big challenges to the established structure of Italian politics, to the EU, and to the left more generally.
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We retain a strong underlying negotiation position, due to the fact the EU desires our custom and our money. A free trade agreement should be perfectly feasible.
That means commissioning physical and digital infrastructure and recruiting necessary personnel. It also means offering tangible reassurance to business.
The Treasury Select Committee chair says that “we will continue to look for any drift back to some kind of ideological hard Brexit.”
“It’s about whether we have some kind of partnership that allows frictionless trade at our borders and recognises that there is a very difficult situation in Northern Ireland.”
“Participation in some of the UK agencies…they are ones that we have put forward because they’re the ones that UK and European businesses want to see.”
“She’s offered the EU common sense and practical solutions to some of the issues they’ve talked about.”
He says that May’s baskets plan for sectors is “possible”, but that the EU will reject any proposal for mutual recognition rather than alignment.
“If we were to accept passporting, we’d just be a rule-taker. We’d have to abide by rules that were set elsewhere.”
WATCH: Coveney says May’s speech was welcome – but “we know no more detail than we did about the border”
“We also welcome the fact that she renewed her commitment to the agreement before Christmas between the UK and the EU.”
Brexit. Compare and contrast. On divergence, real Cabinet debate. On immigration, a stance quietly shelved.
220,000 people from EU countries came here last year. May’s U-turn thus has implications not only for rights but for numbers.
This May speech was aimed at the EU27 – not her own party. And its message was: I want to have my cherries and eat them.
Hardish in principle, softer in detail, she is crafting a position intended to get those elusive trade talks going as soon as possible.
“What is clear is that for us both to meet our objectives we need to look beyond the precedents, and find a new balance.”
“I want to be straight with people – because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts.” May’s Brexit speech – full text
“We need to resolve the tensions between some of our key objectives…but there are some tensions in the EU’s position too – and some hard facts for them to face as well.”
I believe last week’s inner cabinet meeting at Chequers will be seen as a key staging post in Britain’s exit from the European Union.