New Brexit talks may be about ‘cash, courts and cash’ but the border issue hasn’t gone away

Analysis: Brexit negotiations have been given the green light to continue, focusing on state aid, dispute resolution and fisheries - but these are issues that serve as a proxy for the borders and sovereignty concerns that drove Brexit

25th October, 2020
New Brexit talks may be about ‘cash, courts and cash’ but the border issue hasn’t gone away
David Frost, the British prime minister’s Europe adviser, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: brinkmanship has been a feature of almost every step of the tortuous negotiations for well over four years. Photo: AFP/Getty

For those of us utterly fed up with the on-off nature of Brexit negotiations, the news last week of a different set of fractious negotiations involving the British government was almost a welcome distraction.

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