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The "gang of five" believes it is not too late for Mrs May to go back to Brussels and demand a unilateral exit mechanism from the so-called "backstop" arrangement over Northern Ireland.
(my emphasis)

Seriously?

Brussels won't allow Brexit deal do-over

We cannot "compromise" or engage in "cherry-picking" or "bargaining," Barnier told ambassadors, referring to requests to reopen the draft deal that was agreed by the British Cabinet on Wednesday. He added that he expects "difficult negotiations" ahead.

Barnier also expressed a desire to help the British government in its efforts to ratify the text in a vote of MPs. And he said that there could be room for movement on the EU side in specific areas, such as enhanced cooperation on phytosanitary regulations and so-called technical barriers to trade. It is a moment not for triumphalism, he said, but for "encouragement."

The chief negotiator's presentation at the more than two-hour meeting reflects a dilemma for Brussels. While EU countries want to help May get the deal through parliament, there is a reluctance at such a late stage to radically unpick the agreement -- despite threats to May's leadership and a series of ministerial resignations over the deal.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 05:08:19 PM EST
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