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Graham Gudgin: If the EU delivers No Deal after all, there will be little to fear – and much to gain
A series of mini-deal, plus unilateral preparations by the UK, mean that most of the building blocks for a managed No Deal are already in place.
Now more than ever, it’s Brussels and not the Government which is in the driving seat – and we don’t know which way it will turn.
Alex Morton: Riots, looting, pillaging, yellow vests. France shows what Britain could face if Brexit is blocked.
A new book argues that the country is divided between a metropolitan elite, which rules for its own advantage – and the rest.
It would need unanimous agreement. Looking at each of the 27’s varying comments, there are six distinct camps of opinion.
George Eustice: We have bungled this negotiation. The best means of putting matters right is to embrace No Deal if we have to.
We are as ready as we are ever likely to be to leave the EU without an agreement. The only question is whether Parliament has what it takes to make the decision.
It is neo-colonialist for MPs to attempt to do otherwise in relation to Crown Dependencies – and the attempt should be resisted.
If her revised plan fails, the most likely outcomes are an even softer Brexit or a second referendum.
Stephen Booth: Brexit and the economy. There are ups, there are downs. But whatever happens, our fundamentals remain strong.
A flexible labour market, a well-regarded legal system, and comparatively favourable demographics relative to the major European economies are all valuable assets.
Bob Seely: The rule of law is an absolute. It cannot be dispensed with when we deal with ISIS terrorists.
A key moral from the case of Shamima Begum is that we need better information both to protect and prosecute.
Rather than collude with MPs to take power out of May’s hands, it is colluding with her in keeping it there – presumably with the aim of a last-minute backstop offer.
In his new book, Jeremy Black traces the history of Britain’s relations with the Continent, and how it bears on the Brexit debate.
Will fans of the EU establishment be quite so keen on unaccountable, centralised institutions when their opponents start appointing commissioners?
Maybe this new-party-with-a-charismatic-leader thing isn’t as easy as people imagined.
The Brexiteer backbencher argues the EU is “starting to get a reality check now” about the real possibility of inflexibility causing No Deal.