From its range of tailor-made trade deals to its habit of allowing Member States to break the rules, Brussels is more flexible than Barnier’s rhetoric might suggest.
Key voters include those who voted heavily to remain in the EU, and were decisive in the lost Tory seats of Battersea, Kensington, Kingston and Twickenham.
That means commissioning physical and digital infrastructure and recruiting necessary personnel. It also means offering tangible reassurance to business.
“If we were to accept passporting, we’d just be a rule-taker. We’d have to abide by rules that were set elsewhere.”
If she really is to “dedicate my premiership” to fixing housing growth and home ownership, she will need to throw a chunk of her caution to the winds.
Polling well, more than financially buoyant and administratively competent and unified, the National Party is in a strong position.
220,000 people from EU countries came here last year. May’s U-turn thus has implications not only for rights but for numbers.
Hardish in principle, softer in detail, she is crafting a position intended to get those elusive trade talks going as soon as possible.
“What is clear is that for us both to meet our objectives we need to look beyond the precedents, and find a new balance.”
I believe last week’s inner cabinet meeting at Chequers will be seen as a key staging post in Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Plus: Major’s error. The Prime Minister’s jokes. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. And: the angels want to wear my red suit.
Also: AMs vote to publish inquiry into whether Jones leaked Sargeant’s sacking; Davidson announces Tory push to form Scottish Government; and more.
Yes, the negotiation may break down. But some of the playing to the gallery has a ritual element about it, not unlike the staged theatrics of all-in wrestling.
May sounded unusually confident, but Johnson scuttled out of the Chamber.
Conservative values are not well-served by leaving a market to criminals. Changing technology and drug strength mean this approach is becoming ever more harmful.