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I can't see the EU stopping negotiations on Sept. 30th. if there is still some prospect of a deal. And if they do keep talking, the Brits will be the first to say "look, see, they always give in in the end. All we have to do is keep stringing them along... and then, as Boris says they'll compromise further at the last minute."

The main point of the BBC's news analysis today was that some progress is being made: for months the EU have been saying the Withdrawal Agreement is closed and can't be renegotiated, and now, here we are renegotiating it.

Of course the EU has always been open to changing the Backstop to a N. Ireland only backstop - even calling it something else or adding some consultative process to it - but these finer points get missed in what passes for news analysis on the BBC these days.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 02:47:10 PM EST
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Frank, your intuition about NI status was correct, if not politic, from the beginning. Eurotrib enjoyed some laughs at the expense of Hong Kong SAR, pirate colony past and present, until T. May went full-unionist-retard.

The salient lesson is, do not negotiate with incoherent persons.

The EU has attempted simply to communicate (algebra, property of numbers) terms of an agreement with the tree from which the most illiterate, ignorant, and litigious apple on the planet has fallen. I know whereof I speak.

Now it is time to walk away and wish UK a speedy recovery. I might have mentioned.

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by Cat on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 09:24:49 PM EST
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That's becoming way too subtle for many Continentals who are not following the subtleties of the British political debate closely enough. In the end, is it really going to make a difference?

If De Pfeffle & Cummings really think that the EU27 will cave in at the last minute, whatever Rinne says isn't going to change their mind.

by Bernard on Sat Sep 21st, 2019 at 07:41:43 AM EST
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