The first phase may have been the most fraught, but Johnson’s deal leaves lots to do – and many decisions to make – in the next stage.
Posts Tagged: Michel Barnier
The big prize will be that the UK’s economic and trade freedom will be restored, something May’s backstop would have prevented, potentially indefinitely.
He compares the process to climbing a mountain and says it will take ‘vigilance, determination and patience’ to strike a deal.
David Trimble and Roderick Crawford: The Government’s new proposals meet the EU’s original aims better than the backstop
The last has failed to meet the objectives set out in both the original negotiating guidelines and in the Northen Ireland Protocol itself.
David Trimble: We can do better than the backstop. Why the Withdrawal Agreement breaches the terms of the Belfast Agreement.
The Commission is negotiating the terms of the UK’s withdrawal; yet the subject matter on which we are all stuck is not entirely within the jurisdiction of the EU.
One red line after another has been washed away. Promise after promise has been broken. We have capitulated to Michel Barnier at every turn.
Instability versus inflexibility – and the case for changing the Conservative leadership challenge rules
The easiest course for 1922 Executive Committtee members to take is to put a decision off. Here’s why that should be avoided.
Henry Newman: No free movement. No second referendum. Brexit gained. What would happen were the Prime Minister’s deal passed.
Now, the best option for the Prime Minister is to try to work with Labour. Unless, of course, her backbench critics rethink.
The Government is bluffing. Why I and many others will vote against the Withdrawal Agreement later today.
The EU won’t grant us a long extension for fear of what European elections here would produce. If we hold our nerve, the UK will Brexit on WTO terms in April.
It would increase our power to control freedom of movement, plus our laws and finances – and deliver on the referendum result.
Paul Bew: Merkel has let alternatives to the backstop out of a bottle. So there’s no putting them back in.
It really is something when a significant part of the EU leadership joins the list of agnostics. No wonder there is nervousness in Dublin.
WATCH: Summit 3) Barnier – “Such an extension should be conditional on a positive vote next week in the Commons”
Again, truth or bluff? Either way, the EU’s Chief Negotiator sings from the same hymn sheet as France’s President.
The EU’s Chief Negotiator says that extension on its own won’t work: May needs a plan.
WATCH: Ici Londres – “We cannot carry on offering the same deal to a Parliament that has rejected it”, Hannan argues
Instead we need “a short extension, seven or eight weeks…to prepare for a No Deal outcome.”
Extension would be a breach of promise, but it offers advantages which the Prime Minister’s vassal arrangement does not.