Michel Barnier has set out the EU’s red lines in the Brexit negotiations on future policing and judicial arrangements, complaining of British intransigence. But his own position is just as inflexible, and the two sides are worryingly far apart, says Tim Durrant.
The UK’s ‘backstop’ for the Irish border, its version of the insurance policy if every other option fails, contains a vague time limit. While it may initially seem like a victory for the Brexiteers, it leaves three big issues outstanding, argues Tim Durrant.
As London navel-gazes, the other EU member states are busy forging a future without the UK. The longer we take to decide what Brexit means, the more likely we are to be left behind, argues Tim Durrant.
Parliamentary support for staying in a customs union with the European Union is now the biggest threat to the Government’s handling of Brexit. The Government should make its arguments for leaving in much more detail – or use Parliament as a reason to change its view.
David Davis has allegedly won a Whitehall battle over the level of ambition in the next phase of Brexit talks. But, Jill Rutter says, the UK needs workable propositions more than hundreds of more negotiators.
At this week’s European Council meeting, the 27 member states will agree their negotiating guidelines for talks on the future UK-EU relationship. They all have their own priorities, but solidarity will prevail, says Tim Durrant.