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Former UK ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, hits nails on the head in a speech reported in The Guardian:

He also said there was no chance that the UK would be able to disentangle itself from the EU even if Brexit goes ahead.

He said: "These fantasies of release and liberation - they are fantasies. We are going to be negotiating on everything from aviation to farming for evermore with our biggest neighbour. We cannot live in glorious isolation. Talk to the Swiss and to the Norwegians - they live in a permanent state of negotiation with the EU."

The whole thing is worth a read.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 06:59:07 AM EST
It was quite clear ... May's first order for Brexit was to get rid of the UK ambassador .... insight wasn't a precondition for policy.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 at 11:46:03 AM EST
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Sir Ivan, appointed to the job by David Cameron in 2013, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks expected to start within months.
because he had been extraordinarily instrumental in reforming the EU?
Sir Ivan is a veteran civil servant whose previous roles include private secretary to ex-chancellor Ken Clarke, principal private secretary to ex-PM Tony Blair and Mr Cameron's Europe adviser.

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There is no end to "negotiation" among people. Negotiation is ...
Is it time to post Cameron's Nov 2015 Four Pillar Reform Letter to Tusk again.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

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