Unless Ministers get more grown-up in their rhetoric, they are going to set expectations at a level they cannot and should not meet.
The UK needs a fresh, robust template. Central to it should be a differentiation between strategic and non-strategic areas.
When our companies build factories there, the expertise changes hands – and companies fall under the influence of the Communist Party.
The commission has come up with an an innovative proposal for import policy.
There’s a case for empowering our courts to make a genocide ruling over the Uighars. But not for giving them a veto on trade deals in doing so.
If there’s a deal, some will argue for a closer relationship. Others will argue that, having come so far, we must go further in disentangling ourselves.
For the UK, it would say: “we are leaving and want to make our own rules.” For the EU, it would say: “don’t think leaving the EU is easy”.
We deceived ourselves into thinking that as China grew richer, its political system would become more democratic.
Closing the transition period at the end of the year will cause even greater problems than necessary.
Plus: virtual conferences are the way of the future. America’s vice-presidential debate worked. And: Fox deserved better from his WTO campaign.
“It’s been an honour to take part in the selection process, and to make arguments on critical to the future of the trading system.”
At the start of the summer there were reasons for optimism about an agreement. However, the mood appears to have turned.
While working on its Brexit deal, it is simultaneously cultivating trade relationships with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
I, for one, see this new Commission as further evidence that the Government will take expert advice that benefits farmers and consumers.