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Yes, what Bernard said, but also he's accepted that the Commission has no mandate to negotiate around the role of the ECJ and now the talks are just about minimising paperwork on trade with Britain. Donaldson has again threatened to collapse the good Friday institutions, but with elections due by May in any case, no one is that bothered. It could damage the DUP at the polls, however, as the vast majority in Northern Ireland want the Executive and Assembly to work.

Boris is now preoccupied with problems elsewhere (mainly sleeze and shortages) and has lost his lead in the polls so his backbenchers are getting restless. The last thing he needs is to be seen to bugger up relations with the EU all over again.

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