It is trying to find ways to get away with violating its obligations. Not exactly in line with the image it attempts to paint of itself in the Brexit context.
The Government could dangle before the EU another gain it wants in order to win a revised Protocol.
And how the editor of ConHome popularised the term “Spartans” for the diehard Tory opponents of May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
The negative economic and political real-world consequences of implementing the Protocol cannot be what either intended.
We can expect greater divergence, whether we like it or not, and should focus on our diplomatic relationships outside the bloc.
The fifth of a series of pieces from Policy Exchange looking at specific issues that arise from the Brexit trade deal.
As of Churchill, so perhaps of Johnson: “it was the nation…that had the lion’s heart …I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”
His archivist writes that this agreement has succeeded…in recovering powers which some thought had been lost permanently”.
The first of a new series of pieces by Policy Exchange for ConservativeHome looking at the various issues that arise from the Brexit trade deal.
The UK itself would not dream of changing its formal negotiating objectives at such a crucial point in the talks. Why would the EU?
They cover sovereignty, the UK-EU trading relationship, governance, and compliance with the 2019 Conservative Election Manifesto.
Will we get back our sovereignty next year? Will the agreement be good in trade terms? I fear ministers may end up settling for thin gruel.
In a shrewd and largely instinctive way, they have sussed that Britain faces an ill-disposed negotiating partner making unreasonable demands.