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  • UK gov has neither ratified nor signed any withdrawal agreement. The EU does not and has never controlled UK gov politics. Illiteracy controls UK gov politics.
  • EU negotiators have written every draft withdrawal agreement, annotated with color-coded UK provisional acceptance or rejection. See 19 March Draft basis of 22 Nov draft, including but not limited to NI customs surveillance.
  • "POLITICAL DECLARATION SETTING OUT THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP ..." is a minority report by the UK, another document in the stream of "position" papers issued since 2016, acknowledging provisions on which the UK cannot agreed. See 145. Immediately following the United Kingdom's withdrawal, and based on their preparatory work, the Parties will agree a programme including: ..." more "progress" assessments. Conditional UK trade privileges have always been elements of withdrawal and "transition" terms.
  • UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories: Two months ago Gibraltar and, more recently, Channel Islands delegations divested unionist sentiment ("same deal") in order to proceed to bi-lateral negotiation with EU-member "sponsors". Sanchez' equivocation was ceremonial, played in part to Cataluyna conflict against ES-GIB secured MOUs. The EU has conceded UK sovereignty of its military installations in Cyprus to little fanfare.

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by Cat on Sun Nov 25th, 2018 at 05:38:12 PM EST

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