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But the slightly more interesting question is why there is likely to be no deal.  Is it because of:

  1. Complete negotiating incompetence on the UK side?
  2. Inflexibility on the part of the Commission?
  3. Inflexibility on the part of the Irish?
  4. Completely unrealistic expectations on the UK side?

My vote goes to 1. and 4.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 05:22:01 PM EST
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although they'll maintain the fiction that it's 2 & 3 until they've finished plundering. Then as they bolt for the doors all we'll hear will be the cry of "so long, suckers"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 07:12:24 PM EST
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Combination of Leavers operating in a Land of Hope & Glory fantasy coupled with incompetent and inept Tory leadership meant the UK didn't have anything upon which to negotiate a deal.  We're 204 days out and the Tory government is still trying to cobble together a negotiating stance.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 04:03:26 PM EST
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I second your motion and call the question.
by rifek on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 05:35:03 PM EST
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It's 3 & 4. Ireland cannot compromise on the border because it's an existential issue for it. And the UK leadership has its head up its arse.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 11:18:38 AM EST
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The UK leadership doesn't even have a head.

Never in the entire history of England has there been so much arse on display, balanced by so little brain.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 11:12:24 PM EST
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