Pro-Leave MPs must ensure that ministers and the civil service prepare a credible plan for ‘no deal’ and place strict limits on any transition.
Posts Tagged: Michel Barnier
May in Florence. She confirms that she wants an implementation phase. Having one is unavoidable – but also dangerous.
There is no guarantee that the EU27 and the Commission will accept her ideas. And there may be no deal at all. In which case the question lingers: are we ready?
WATCH: Prime Minister – “As of today, these considerations point to an implementation period of around two years.”
The Prime Minister spells out the likely length that she desires for the period between Britain formally leaving the the EU and doing so in full effect.
The Prime Minister is right to be optimistic about our future relationship with the EU, but we must be ready for every eventuality.
Kieron O’Hara: An unloved Prime Minister. An inadequate Foreign Secretary. And a hamstrung Trade Secretary. What a Brexit mess.
This is not a pro-Remain article. Rather, my point is that a referendum is a horrible way of making political decisions, and we are where we are as a direct result.
Ashley Fox: The UK’s negotiators have the freedom to innovate and compromise, but Barnier’s hands are tied
The famous photo of the EU’s negotiator sitting with a pile of papers was misinterpreted. Those were the order that limit his scope.
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.
“Nobody will pretend it was anything but a tough exchange this week, but I think the British taxpayer would expect nothing less.”
…Unlike Corbyn’s. Brexit this autumn 2) Henry Newman: When can we expect the next verse of Labour’s hokey-cokey?
Has anyone told Barry Gardiner about this latest change? Only last month, he wrote that staying in the Customs Union would be “a disaster”.
Such a phased withdrawal is not necessary, and it provides unnecessary succour to those as yet unreconciled to our leaving the EU.
The Brexit Secretary and the EU’s chief negotiator “get down to work”.
“I’ve been here in Brussels today… to begin the next phase of our work to build a new, deep, and special partnership with the European Union.”
Tusk’s statement last week responding to Article 50 struck the right tone. It was measured, matter of fact and avoided confrontation.
WATCH: Barnier – “We’re looking for success – success not against the United Kingdom, but with the United Kingdom”
He lays out the three main negotiating principles that he wants to see for the Commission and the EU27.