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The EU has actually done, as opposed to yakity-yak, nothing to disabuse them of this notion

I would argue that the whole negotiation has been one slow, lengthy, process of disabusing the UK of the notion that they can have their cake and eat it to the point where now the only remaining point of contention is the Irish backstop.

Expectations have been reduced to the point where many in the UK are desperate for a deal, any deal, even May's deal, if only some face-saving concessions can be agreed to enable BoJo to claim his deal is better.

Labour, too, are finding it difficult to articulate what they would do to improve the deal other than platitudes about protecting jobs, workers rights and the environment - aspirations all of which can be accommodated within the accompanying political declaration.

The no-deal non-policy is the last, failing, attempt to proclaim the UK as special, needing no one else, able to take its place in the world alone (with a helping hand from Trump). It's the end of the road for the empire, and all but the no-dealers know it.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:25:39 PM EST
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