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I suspect this isn't true, but I'd like to believe Varadkar and Barnier are just stringing Johnson along.

They know he has to ask for an extension if there's no deal by the 19th, and they also know that if he doesn't, a court or some other proxy will.

And that will be the end of Johnson. There will be a GE, and he will be removed.

So it makes sense to play along to create a pretence of congeniality, and then when the inevitable sticking point is found, to be very sad about the fact that clearly more time is needed.

With Johnson gone the most likely outcome is a very weak BINO or Remain - both of which are far more palatable to the EU than any Tory-organised deal.

Most likely wishful thinking. But wouldn't it be fun if it were true?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 02:32:02 PM EST
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