The EU and UK negotiators have been mandated to “go the extra mile” to see if a Brexit deal can be found, she says, after a phone call with Johnson.
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Both sides will have failed if there is No Deal when the Brexit talks finish, according to the Irish PM.
He says the EU has “shifted the goalposts” after saying initially that a Canada-style agreement was available.
The Shadow Business Secretary calls it “a disgrace” that Johnson said No Deal would be “wonderful”.
He says “We need to get this deal over the line…after four years of uncertainty, so the British economy and people can move forward.”
The “European Union is determined to stop” the UK controlling its own laws, powers and waters, he says.
In his new history, Stephen Wall describes the unbridgeable divide on Europe into which any Prime Minister is in danger of tumbling.
Even the cut-off point of the end of transition, and the arrival of No Deal, won’t necessarily halt the negotiation.
Stephen Booth: The Northern Ireland Protocol deal – an improvement on what the EU envisaged a year ago
What implications are there for the wider trade relationship? On the one hand, it builds goodwill. Equally, it reduces the political cost of No Deal.
He has secured a ‘mini-deal’ of the sort we were once told Brussels would not countenance – but there is room in the detail for a choir of devils.
The UK itself would not dream of changing its formal negotiating objectives at such a crucial point in the talks. Why would the EU?
The truth is that Eurocrats see Britain as a rule-taking dependent, like Macedonia or Ukraine, rather than as a wholly independent nation.
Johnson to fly to Brussels. Triumph, sellout, last-ditch gamble – or simply showing willing before talks collapse?
The commonsense presumption must be that he wouldn’t be going at all were a deal not at least possible.
He risks appearing either to endorse whatever EU demands ended up making Johnson walk away, or being left with no good reason to oppose his doing so.
Richard Holden: This first Johnson year demanded tough short-term decisions. The coming second will demand tough long-term ones.
The towns of the North East, left behind for generations by Labour, will need to see their Conservative MPs forging a durable path to a future.