There’s more than a hint in the air that they are happy to let the negotiation get sticky – and wait for capital to flee the UK and for investment to plummet.
It would be prudent for that to become the presumption. Even if we do end up with a deal, infrastructure improvements will be welcome.
Mercifully, there remain a few Thatcherites, even in the Cabinet, who believe in the power of liberty, responsibility, commerce and voluntary action.
Already, the EU is demanding discussion of certain trade matters which, according to its repeated statements, should not be brought up until the next phase of talks.
We have set out reasonable negotiating positions and we have done whatever we can to accommodate the demands of the EU.
But could Germany, in the wake of its election result, now become the prime bulwark against Macron’s and Juncker’s ambitions?
The Prime Minister is right to be optimistic about our future relationship with the EU, but we must be ready for every eventuality.
From speaking to civil servants, it seems that – at least until recently – the Cabinet had not properly considered either a preferred end state or indeed transition policy.
By reminding us that the EU status quo isn’t on the table, Juncker has done us a favour. Now May must set out her own stall.
Concerns dismissed by the then-Deputy Prime Minister in 2014 have been confirmed by the President of the EU Commission.
His State of the European Union address demonstrates the status quo was never on offer in the referendum.
Since the UK has become a full member of Junker’s military plans, this plunges into doubt whether Brexit does indeed mean Brexit.
While the Opposition laments the lack of agreement, their own position is far from clear – and making it clear would be very unpopular.
Plus: investment increasing, Heseltine declining. Listen to Farage – especially if you disagree with him. And: Activate sounds like dermatological face cream.
Are we being manipulated so that we accept, in due course, a smaller (but still very large) Brexit bill as a “good deal”?