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Am I correct in concluding that your essential thesis is that EU and UK negotiators are essentially talking past each other with the UK side seeking to engage in all sorts of issues not included in the agreed timetable for discussion at this stage in the process?  In other words the UK is trying to win a PR battle to steam roll the EU into engaging in all sorts of issues without regard to the process both sides agreed should form the basis for the negotiations?

My own sense has been that the UK is not so much trying to secure a good "red, white and blue" Brexit deal, as trying to ensure the EU side is blamed for a failure of those negotiations to produce any sort of substantial Brexit deal.  Theresa May's "No deal is better than a bad deal" is becoming not only a self-fulfilling prophecy, but actual UK policy.  It is like a naughty child trying to blame their parents for all matter of wrongs to justify their running away rather than trying to  sort out the issues in dispute.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:36:19 AM EST
You're probably right but I think they want to shift the blame on to the EU simply to cover up for their own colossal incompetence.

Of course, it will all come out in the inquries to follow, their ability to blame the EU for the mess in which the UK finds itself will diminish rapidly. I doubt that the Mail or the Sun will care much as their ownerships are tax exiles and the workforce are chosen for their sneery disdain. But other papers will probably find it difficult to sustain their position, the Telegraph particularly.

I imagine 5 years past leaving, the mood in the country will be quite bloody.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 02:21:43 PM EST
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