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There will be no agreement before the next EU Council. Von der Layen meeting BoJo tomorrow to tell him so. At least that is what the Commission is leaking to the press (Euronews, Times). That means no chance of approval ahead of the 2nd of January. They just ran out of time ...

Either BoJo extends the transition period, or WTO rules kick in by default in January. My gut tells me a watershed moment will take place this weekend.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 at 01:02:01 PM EST
Yeah, the stretch to kick the ball is shrinking fast. And the UK government seems to believe their own propaganda that if they just stand firm the EU will fold or a solution will appear in the last hour.
by fjallstrom on Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 at 01:47:34 PM EST
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Tories bought into their own propaganda that the EU needed the UK more than the UK needed the EU.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 at 03:18:31 PM EST
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"Good progress" is reported from the negotiations. Which means the UK's negotiators have been instructed to dig out the position papers which have doubtless been ready for months, which set out their actual starting positions.

These positions won't be reasonable, but within a hundred yards or so of the ballpark...

Game on?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 at 03:36:26 PM EST
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Ahahaha you seriously underestimate the nefarious methods of the political class!

My bet is a verbal agreement on "substantial enough progress to continue discussions" on October 16th, then a "verbal agreement on major points" in November, and an "entry into the tunnel" around Christmas, and a "short-term extension" into January, and further argument and posturing and associated BS well into the new year.

by asdf on Thu Oct 8th, 2020 at 08:54:37 PM EST
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