Their words, like Johnson’s visit itself, look more like more gambits in a blame game than a genuine change of heart.
The German Chancellor was stronger then than she is now. And there’s no guarantee that any compromise she might push would work.
A bit of romantic rhetoric from Brussels cannot change the fact that their only offers – before and after we voted Leave – have been provocatively unacceptable.
The famous four-year ban on benefits was watered down to homeopathic proportions during the EU negotiation. Leaving will allow for the real thing.
The big lesson of Ivan Rogers’s resignation is that they must adapt to the cultural sea-change that last year’s referendum is bringing about.
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