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VOA/NPR noted in passing that Madame May floated 24B (USD, EUR, BPB? not sure) ransom figure.

Italians approve of May's speech venue, but not content

The fourth round of Brexit negotiations has been postponed until next week. Officially this was by common accord; but actually, on British demand without much explanation. [...]Only one out of many Italian TV programmes - RaiNews21 - broadcast May's speech, without the Q&A, and with a close-up on May with a backdrop reading "Shared History Shared Challenges Shared Future".

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by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 09:21:33 PM EST
Seems as tho the initial good impressions of the speech are been downgraded as people read more into it.

Peter North Political Blog - Mrs May's Florence ambush; setting the stage for a walk-out.

I think Mrs May's speech in Florence yesterday was a turning point. Though it was short on detail, it was heavy on soothing rhetoric. This is not out of the ordinary, but the fact it was billed as a game changer and given in Florence (to much fanfare) tells us this is all part of a propaganda stunt aimed at a domestic audience.

Though the speech has been universally panned on Twitter, it should not be forgotten that Twitter is largely a bubble where hacks interact with each other to the exclusion of all else. The layman and the party faithful, however, will see it only at face value - an ambitious and reasonable offer to the EU. In politics you only need fool some of the people some of the time.

The speech, though, is an ambush.....

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2017 at 06:04:16 PM EST
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yeah, I read a more sardonic review this morning. May's breakup speech made Brexit sound magical ... if you're drinking Bacardi .

Media's producers seem to be running out of fresh material and new faces. They may have even squandered all of the "fake" drama. Such are the programming limitations of the broadcast news industry.

On the bright side, this phase of the "cycle" may provide optimal conditions for the Tories to concentrate on  terms of settlement before them. Just one "unexpected" announcement of specific agreement could revive the show for another six months.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Sep 23rd, 2017 at 07:00:39 PM EST
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Britain's contributions for two years would be at least 20 billion euros (£18 billion, $24 billion) -- although this falls well below European estimates of Britain's total Brexit bill.

"As the GBP Slides" w/o 18 Sep 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Sep 23rd, 2017 at 08:50:14 PM EST
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