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It will probably end up as a damp squib as most of his manoeuvrers do, but what is absolutely stunning is that the Brits seem to think this will help their negotiating prospects.
Any prospect of the EU making some last minute concessions, which they have already prepared in advance, has probably disappeared at this stage. Why go out on a limb to secure a deal when the UK might very well disown it next year anyway?
I wouldn't be surprised if the EU will row back on some concessions they have already made. There is no room for ambiguity - the hard currency of compromise - when all trust has been lost.
The UK seems to continually misinterpret the EU's willingness to talk as a sign of weakness. It must be a culturing thing. Boris' idea of negotiation is all about amateur dramatics - walk outs, cliff edges, overnight talks, inspired leaks, planted stories to undermine trust in Barnier.
Don't they get it? Barnier will probably walk into the sunset on Jan 1st. deal or no deal, and it will change absolutely nothing in the EU's negotiating stance, which will probably just get more hardline as these aggravations continue.
Brexit will be consigned to history and any remaining contacts with the UK will be at below commissioner level while the Trade Commissioner gets on with trade negotiations with countries which actual know how to negotiate one.
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