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The Chequers "plan" (quintessential cherry-picking) has no possible majority in the House of Commons, but more importantly, it was never an acceptable negotiating position for the EU. Barnier spent the weekend comprehensively rubbishing it.

In sum, I don't see any possibility other than a hard Brexit because basically the entire UK political class is hanging out in la-la land.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 03:39:35 PM EST
If the EU offered full membership, waved fees, they get to build a wall and Europe pays for it I'd still give it even odds that the Tories would fail to scrounge up a Commons majority.
by generic on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 03:44:56 PM EST
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well, I read Oui's link to the Statement by Michel Barnier following his meeting with Dominic Raab, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU. The remaining key to a happy reasonable, "orderly" ending is the same as the fist key.

It is urgent to work on the text of an operational backstop. For that, I asked Dominic and his team to provide us with the data necessary ["geographical indications"] for the technical work which we need to do now on the nature, location and modality of the controls that will be necessary.

This backstop is critical to conclude the negotiations, because as I've already said, without a backstop, there is no agreement.

The EU has already codified procedures for third-country customs clearing and settlement. Tory gov need only co-sign. May could pull a signature out of her ass by 31 October, so long as she's willing to retire graciously to her home in ... Switzerland

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by Cat on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 04:19:46 PM EST
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