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Brussels sheds no tears for Davis and Johnson
But neither of them has played a prominent role in negotiations over the U.K.'s departure from the European Union next March. The EU's main interlocutor has long been Oliver Robbins, May's top Europe adviser (poached from Davis' Department for Exiting the EU late last year). The bloc's top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, made exactly that point at an EU summit late last month.

"Davis has only seen him [Barnier] once in three months," one EU diplomat wrote in his notes about Barnier's presentation. "Robbins is the real negotiator."

When I read that, I did a double take: the guy was officially Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and he only met Barnier once in three months? Are you effing kidding me?
by Bernard on Tue Jul 10th, 2018 at 08:14:15 PM EST
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From my quote above: "Most were quick to point out that Davis actually spent very little time in Brussels negotiating. A total of four hours this year, according to official records."

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 10th, 2018 at 09:18:47 PM EST
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But, that would mean doing actual work! Surely, that is for the little people?
by fjallstrom on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 01:56:38 PM EST
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No, it could mean just eating in good restaurants. But he couldn't bother even doing that.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 02:08:13 PM EST
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A Tory's idea of a good restaurant doesn't work very well on the continent.
by rifek on Sat Jul 14th, 2018 at 02:14:57 PM EST
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