“This would mean a very big change to the EU Withdrawal Bill that is before Parliament and a significant step forward in these negotiations.”
All in all, the Progress Document is something of a canine’s breakfast, with the Irish border tail wagging the UK dog.
What is almost certainly motivating the Taoiseach’s comments is the lack of concrete proposals about how proposed new arrangements will work.
Dublin likes to cite the Belfast Agreement, and we certainly all need what it exemplified – that’s to say, a good old-fashioned face-saving fudge.
The simultaneous creation and collapse of a new force has been written off an establishment failure. The truth is more interesting.
It has been dispatched by one man – New Zealand First’s party leader, Winston Peters, who has Labour’s inexperienced leader in his pocket.
The President himself hasn’t set out what he would like to happen next, and has provided no detailed plan for what would replace the current agreement.
De-certification of nuclear agreement could lead world leaders to conclude that such deals with the United States are not worth the candle.
But could Germany, in the wake of its election result, now become the prime bulwark against Macron’s and Juncker’s ambitions?
Values give real power to people – not symbols. Of all the issues that we face, is this truly one that our Prime Minister should be focusing on?
She cannot be a stationary establishment figure when faced with the restless mood of the voting public. She must move forwards – or we risk a 1997-style wipeout.
Yes, she’s eyeing up a move. But it is not to Downing Street. It is to Bute House – the residence of the First Minister of Scotland.
I write this as possibly the least nationalistic member in the Houses of the Oireachtas, and one of just three members who wants to see Ireland re-join the Commonwealth.
Its permit system places the island’s residents at the centre of policy – and can be tightened up, just as just it was in 2009, if the economy is squeezed.
France’s new president may be a more positive force for Britain than people expect. But we need to be ready – deal or no deal.