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Meanwhile, Johnson is apparently going to try the same "divide and rule" strategy of trying to negotiate with individual European leaders, in the belief that what hasn't worked for the last two years will suddenly work now: Brexit: Boris Johnson's plan to bypass Brussels for new deal
Boris Johnson is to attempt a last-ditch charm offensive on EU leaders to get a Brexit deal over the line, after delivering his proposals for a new withdrawal agreement to Brussels as early as the end of this week.

With EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier viewed in Downing Street as a stickler for rules who will be hard to shift from the deal struck with Theresa May, Mr Johnson is keen to speak with key European leaders who may be ready to show flexibility ahead of the crunch Brussels summit on 17 October.


News that negotiator David Frost has finalised a legal text of the UK proposals - said by a senior government source to be "game changing" - emerged as ministers attending cabinet admitted that they were not absolutely sure what the PM plans to do if his hopes of a deal fall flat.

I guess they'll find out. The EU hasn't budged on its "negotiate with the official negotiator" policy, and there doesn't seem any reason why they'd start now.

by IdiotSavant on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 11:42:35 PM EST

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