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Only problem with that strategy is why would the EU (or anybody else) negotiate an FTA (or anything else) with the UK in the future - if they can't be trusted to stand by deals they have negotiated?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 05:40:58 PM EST
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although you can't help wonder if she's not telling Junker, Varadker and Tusk what she's doing.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 10:51:55 PM EST
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If that is the case it is absolutely remarkable that all three of them have managed to keep their mouths shut at the same time!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:34:56 AM EST
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Money, money. The world keeps turning and even a political zombie like May has an expiry date. FTAs are a somewhat different beast. Brexit negotiations are a one-off. Also, there is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. If this and subsequent governments are desperate to come up with wonderful new trade deals as fig leafs for Brexit then this is a great opportunity to take everything from Britain. It's already happening with the existing FTAs they are trying to roll over. Big trust doesn't have to be there. Greed is the driver.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 01:28:35 AM EST
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If, six weeks from now, the UK parliament has finally approved May's deal, then the UK WILL have stood by the negotiated deal. The sausage-making internal process that gets them to making that decision is not the point, it is what is finally delivered.
by asdf on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 02:32:42 AM EST
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What is finally delivered may very well be both a national catastrophe and a giant windfall for the elites who stage managed this ugly farce.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 03:37:45 AM EST
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Very true. My remark is chiefly directed at those Tories who seem to think that a No deal Brexit will be a great thing and that everyone will be falling over themselves to do deals with the UK afterwards.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:39:25 AM EST
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The risk premium goes up if a party is deemed to be untrustworthy and they will only be able to do deals by offering a considerable discount on the type of deals that might otherwise have been available and which the EU will continue to be able to achieve.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:42:02 AM EST
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if it is agreed at the 11th hour, then it will probably be something of a pyrrhic victory.

The increasing uncertainty and paralysis that has infected UK business and politics over the least 6 - 9 months is already a national catastrophe. The idea that merely pulling out of a nosedive just in time to avoid ploughing into the ground is some sort of victory should be regarded as frankly daft. The plane will still crash; Britain, as an economy, isn't going anywhere. There will be pain, blood and a galling lack of in-flight refreshments.

In 10 years, Mrs May will be on the telly exhorting us to eat cake when there's no bread.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 11th, 2019 at 07:12:34 PM EST
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