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In Diplomatic speak, the size of the "welcome mat" is often in inverse proportion to the actual affection and regard between the parties. I'd be worried, if I were British, about how calm and kind and relaxed all those European leaders are about the prospect of the UK leaving - "sincere regret", "respecting democracy", "ongoing mutual cooperation"... yadayadayada.

They just might be "waiting in the long grass" for when the British are at their most vulnerable. Certainly there will be no "special relationship" with our "British Friends".

On the Brexiteer side, talk about "our European friends" can be translated roughly as meaning "we hope you die, and  if we have any say in the matter, you certainly will".

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 07:32:57 AM EST
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I wasn't thinking there was any love lost. But the suggestion, however obtusely framed, that the backstop can be made to "disappear" via new language in the political agreement must surely be welcome to Boris's ears. What else can he hope for?

Though I realize that last question presupposes a capacity for the appraisal of real conditions that has not previously been on display in Boris-the-chancer's career.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Jul 21st, 2019 at 09:05:53 AM EST
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