The German Chancellor was stronger then than she is now. And there’s no guarantee that any compromise she might push would work.
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With the backstop blocking progress in the negotiations, the Government must map out its plan to mitigate the effects of no agreement being reached.
The key question now for Conservative MPs is whether they can support the UK being trapped in a customs union – and the dismemberment of the Union itself.
The Prime Minister will be under pressure to stand down if she doesn’t junk Chequers.
Contrary to myth, the wise king was demonstrating what was beyond his powers. May has done the same – demonstrating gradually that a Canada Deal or No Deal are the only practicable options.
I wouldn’t want to be the politician who has to explain why the purity of EU institutions came before cooperation that could have prevented a security incident.
Henry Newman: Now the Government must promote Chequers – which, though not perfect, is at least practicable
For far, far too long Downing Street dithered and delayed crucial decisions. Ministers need to commit to selling the agreed policy before its too late.
Nick Boles: So you don’t like Chequers. In which case, you need a workable altenative. Here’s mine. What’s yours?
In the long-term, we should be pursuing a Canada-style free trade agreement. In the short, we should park ourselves in the EEA.
Kathrine Kleveland: Here in Norway, we can do much better than the EEA. And so can you in Britain when you quit the EU.
In the second piece of our mini-series evaluating the EEA, the leader of the county’s No to EU movement says that the arrangement is entangling Norway in the Union.
She’s having trouble leaving a large house she brought with friends. And her family solicitor, Ollie, is advising her not to annoy them.
Henry Newman: The ticking Brexit clock demands clarity from both sides, but also adds to the risk of No Deal
It’s likely that there will be some form of agreement, perhaps at the last minute. Likely, but far from certain.
The Brexit Secretary says “people need to know that actually we’re ready so that Britain can thrive whatever happens”.
Plus: Those who worked with him at Vote Leave have a duty of care to Darren Grimes. And: Don’t try to out-stare Raab.
Her strategy now relies on asking people to believe that she will not buckle any further – just at the very moment she has caused many to doubt her.
Daniel Hannan: My view of May’s new Brexit plan. It’s just about better than No Deal. But now a line in the sand must be drawn.
Preparing for no deal ought therefore to be our national priority – cuts in corporate and personal taxes, removal of regulations, openness to global business.