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5 reasons the UK failed in Brexit talks - Jonathan Powell - politico.eu
First, we massively overestimated the strength of our negotiating position. ...

Second, we fired the starting gun before we had worked out our own position, with the result that we spent the first two years negotiating with ourselves ...

Third, we prioritized principles of sovereignty over economic interests and put defensive steps protecting a theoretical concept we don't actually want to use ahead of practical benefits. ...

Fourth, trust is fundamental to any successful negotiation. We willfully destroyed the EU's trust ... by threatening to unilaterally renege on the Northern Ireland Protocol. ...

Fifth, and most unforgivably, we never developed a strategic plan for the negotiations. ... the government seemed to think it was alright to turn up for these talks and hope things would work out.



Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 05:16:52 AM EST
Sixth, the entire idea was economically suicidal, socially ludicrous, and internally inconsistent from the start. No variety of clever or sophisticated or powerful negotiating position would overcome the stupidity of the basic underlying concept.
by asdf on Thu Dec 31st, 2020 at 04:26:32 PM EST
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