Sunday July 12, 2020

Brace yourself for another Brexiteer backstop bluff

The opening negotiating positions don’t augur well for a smooth British exit from the EU and a bust-up between Brussels and London, and perhaps between Dublin and London, could be on the cards

1st March, 2020
While Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator is accountable to the elected governments of the 27 EU member states, Boris Johnson has no such constraints. Picture: Getty

At some point early this week, representatives from two of the world’s freest and richest trading blocs will set out to make a perverse kind of history. Negotiators from Britain and the European Union, which enjoy almost limitless free trade with each other, will meet to begin planning to make that trade less free.

The meeting is the opening act in negotiating the future relationship between Britain and the EU. For the first...

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