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Interesting reports in this Guardian article, all of it worth a look:

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his "central scenario", EU diplomats have been briefed following a meeting between the prime minister's chief envoy and officials in Brussels.

David Frost, who replaced Olly Robbins as the government's chief Europe adviser, was said to have instead sought to discuss how negotiations could be reset after the UK crashes out on 31 October, during his recent talks with senior EU figures.

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Frost was said to have told the officials that a technological solution to the Irish border was the UK's preferred option before admitting that "it would not be ready now for Brexit".

"Even if EU gave up the backstop there is no alternative," a diplomat concluded of the discussion.

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EU officials were left with the impression that the British government would seek to avoid any alignment with Brussels that would prevent the UK from pursuing a policy of deregulation.

A diplomatic source said: "This is a downgrade of the offer in EU mandate, which is for a comprehensive agreement that eliminates tariffs accompanied by level playing field arrangements.

"A conventional free trade agreement reduces tariffs and does not eradicate them. Not having a level playing field or alignment will not fly."

So right. Britannia throws off her chains and... doesn't get a trade agreement with the EU, gets nothing better than currently with ROW, and... gets enchained again by being eaten up by USA.

Go Boris.

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 Mon Aug 5th, 2019 at 04:15:55 PM EST

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