Tuesday 15 October 2019

Barnier thinks a Brexit deal possible this week

Michel Barnier just said
“This work has been intense all over the weekend and yesterday, because even if the agreement will be difficult, more and more difficult to be frank, it is still possible this week - reaching an agreement is still possible, obviously any agreement must work for everyone, the whole of the UK and the whole of the EU.

“Let me add that it is also high time to turn good intentions into a legal text.”
Last night, on the BBC's TV programme Newsnight, British cabinet minister Robert Jenrick said rightly, 
"The EU is capable of moving extremely quickly if they wish to. Like any negotiation with the EU, and in fact with any major negotiation in life, everything happens at the last minute." 
Boris Johnson has postponed the cabinet meeting this morning till tomorrow. That makes me hopeful.

The Telegraph’s Peter Foster has a very interesting and detailed account of the negotiations and Boris Johnson’s insistence on regulatory freedom from the EU.“The negotiations remain on a knife-edge,” he adds.

Tom McTague in the Atlantic writes interestingly as ever, though being American he sees Boris as a Trumpian figure, which he is not (he's much more like an interesting, eloquent, likable Hillary if such a thing is imaginable). 

Tom McTague says that 
“Politically, winning is not about the score sheet of diplomatic concessions. Nor is it concerned with whether Brexit is sensible, stupid, visionary, or disastrous.” 
He thinks that the PM’s strategy is doing well with voters.

Jacob Rees-Mogg says a deal can pass the House of Commons.

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