Macron has been steadfast in his belief that the EU should stand firm on access to UK waters. He may be forced to compromise, however.
The Government should be mulling some quick Brexit wins come the New Year – ways of using freedoms that we don’t have during implementation.
All eyes will be on Emmanuel Macron this week, since France has been most prepared to play hardball.
How plausible is it that the UK would zealously enforce EU rules in a scenario in which trade agreement talks have broken down acrimoniously?
In a shrewd and largely instinctive way, they have sussed that Britain faces an ill-disposed negotiating partner making unreasonable demands.
An important point to consider is whether or not respect for the way all law works has declined.
Plus: Deteriorating broadsheet standards, a divided United Kingdom. And: nineteen years on from 9/11.
The Tories’ plan will be blocked by the Lords, anyway, as it contradicts the party’s promise to implement the agreement made in November 2019.
At the start of the summer there were reasons for optimism about an agreement. However, the mood appears to have turned.
My run-in with him reinforced the patently obvious – that the Union is lost in a labyrinth of its own denial and dogma.
For many, WTO terms are good enough for trade and the compromises required for a deal are politically unacceptable.
The CBI supports the Government’s timetable and Starmer is keeping his head down. It is quite the turnaround.
He was sent in to play hardball with the UK – on the expectation it would cave into demands. But this assumption has been proven wrong.
Essentially, the EU seems to want a controlled partnership, not a partnership that works because there are shared values and common interests.
It is clear from the Declaration that the Council’s directives for negotiating the future relationship with the UK have departed substantially from it.