One red line after another has been washed away. Promise after promise has been broken. We have capitulated to Michel Barnier at every turn.
Posts Tagged: Michel Barnier
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.
In over six hours of meetings, officials tried to make the tyres fall off the Malthouse Compromise, and couldn’t do so.
There are clear signs that Brussels is laying the ground for a compromise – we must not remove their incentive to produce one.
The former Brexit Secretary warns of the danger that MPs will believe the Government has not even demanded the necessary concessions from Brussels.
The Prime Minister’s previous form suggests that she will keep kicking the can down the road, or try to – even after the road runs out.
Henry Newman and Guglielmo Verdirame: It’s unlikely the backstop will be scrapped. But supplementing it can win what we want.
Even if the Exchange of Letters were viewed as just short of a treaty, it would be far from legally worthless.