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Barnier welcomes Raab by stressing urgency of Irish border deadline
The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has welcomed Dominic Raab to Brussels with a thinly veiled critique of Theresa May's Chequers plan and a 13-week deadline in which to solve the problem of the Irish border.

Appearing with Barnier for the first time in the Belgian capital, the new Brexit secretary, clutching a copy of the UK's recently published Brexit white paper, called for more "vim, vigour and energy" in the troubled negotiations.

The former Foreign Office lawyer told reporters he was "looking forward to intensifying, heating up, the negotiations", after stepping into the role following the resignation of David Davis over the paper, which sets out how the UK is in effect seeking to stay in the single market for goods by following a raft of EU laws.

by Bernard on Thu Jul 19th, 2018 at 08:15:59 PM EST
Barnier invokes unusual values of "welcome"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 19th, 2018 at 08:41:18 PM EST
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Brussels shock 'prepare for No Deal' document - RELEASED

Jean-Claude Juncker's German-born protege is heading up the European Commission's preparation for a no deal, which has culminated in a fresh warning hours ahead of Dominic Raab's first visit to Brussels as Brexit Secretary.

Mr Selmayr's work has included publishing over 60 individual notices to citizens, businesses and stakeholders across the remaining EU27 - including the risk of a no deal Brexit on aviation, fisheries and the automotive industry.

The document reads: "The European Union is working hard to reach an agreement on an orderly withdrawal, and looks forward to discussing a framework for the future relationship with the United Kingdom.

"However, there is no certainty that an agreement will be reached. And even if an agreement is reached, the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union will no longer be one of a Member State and thus, will be in a fundamentally different situation."

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK's withdrawal from the EU
EU Commission: Keep calm and brace for hard Brexit

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Jul 19th, 2018 at 08:57:20 PM EST
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The formal documentation of that dubbed "Project Fear" commences on both sides of the channel (and Irish sea).

Is this

  1. an attempt to change or crystalise public opinion on the current direction?
  2. an attempt to face down the EU27 {!!}
  3. internal politics to face down the 40 to 60 Conservative MPs (and Kate Hoey, Frank Field, et al,  from 'Labour') who think no deal is better than a bad deal (i.e. any practical deal on offer, since June 2016)?
  4. a serious committment to present no-deal as a practical option?

Raab has announced a campaign over the coming months to prepare UK business and families for No Deal.

Raab to flood businesses with `no-deal' Brexit advice

May is about to formally renege on the Backstop agreement, agreed last December (which was made illegal under UK law by the new Trade Bill last Monday).

Theresa May: I will never accept EU's ideas on Irish Brexit border

Sounds like a very dangerous game of "chicken" to me.

by oldremainmer48 on Fri Jul 20th, 2018 at 06:53:46 AM EST
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Apologies - the Rabb - FT link is behind a Paywall, but it was the first reference I found. It seems to be under reported!
by oldremainmer48 on Fri Jul 20th, 2018 at 07:22:40 AM EST
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Preparing for a "worst case" no deal scenario is a necessary and unavoidable part of any negotiation process. It would be irresponsible and reckless not to do so.

It may also have psychological/political benefits in concentrating people's minds on precisely what is at stake. In that sense it may make swallowing the compromises required for a deal more politically palatable and make everyone more determined to arrive at a deal.

My sense has been that UK preparations for a no deal scenario have been tokenistic to date and more aimed at the psychological benefits. I think the EU preparations have been ore serious, also evidenced by the fact they are headed up by the top Commission administrator known for his ruthless efficiency. Quite a contrast to Davis!

I don't know whether Raab's new energy and focus is driven by a genuine concern that "no deal" is likely, or because it may make it easier to sell to doubters. Either way, it is a win win approach for him to take. As a lawyer, he may appreciate the importance of letting your client know the risks and consequences of losing a case.

Frankly, no one was taking his predecessor seriously. Davis had spent the grand total of 4 hours  negotiating with the EU this year to date.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 20th, 2018 at 08:47:02 AM EST
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I just read this, "Theresa May: I will never accept EU's ideas on Irish Brexit border".

The reporter is to be commended for resisting any temptation to editorialize..

Madame May's declaration is a straight-up, stone-cold articulation of clinical psychopathy. Apart from a sting of geographical oxymoronic statements, she accuses EU gov of reneging its commitment to mediating the GFA.

Now, talking shit may fly in one's own kitchen, but that, that, Trump "card" most certainly revoked any consideration of a "future partnership." Ever. "Lying on me," as the ancient afro-americans say, is beyond the pale. The very utterance invalidates the premise of contract in good faith.

Of course, the EU task force anticipated UK reneging on GFA from receipt of the A50 letter. Tory gov political plays are leaves of the open book of malice aforethough. Yet Tory gov has been offered every opportunity to act right, and proved time and again they just cannot do it.

Some of y'all need to get over your christian charity ASAP. Deal with who they are, not with whom you hope they are deep, deep down inside -- simple misguided, "incompetent", childish victims. This is not the case.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 20th, 2018 at 12:35:52 PM EST
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May has just written her own political obituary. If she reneges on her previous agreement to the backstop, there is no point in the EU talking to her. The EU may as well wait until they have another PM to deal with.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 20th, 2018 at 01:16:45 PM EST
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