Detail, difference, deferral & deference: Labour’s summer challenge

  1. May will return from Brussels empty-handed, unable to sell her latest ‘max fac’ concoction as a substitute for the proper backstop, and will have to declare to parliament that there is No Deal to be had, and that there is consequently now no possibility of a near-two year transition period in which to make any arrangements for future relations with the EU.
  2. May will come to an agreement, ready to go to all EU27 capitals if the UK parliament votes it through, which is absolutely secure enough on meeting all four Single Market freedoms so as to make the need for the backstop actually go away. This will be difficult because of the total lack of trust on the part of the EU, but enough reference to the UK agreeing to abide by all Single Market requirements might be enough for the EU to let May off its hook so that she can focus on wriggling on the ERG’s hook.

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Paul Cotterill

Paul Cotterill

Secretary General, Habermasian Labour (UK). Indefatigably focused on the promotion of ethical discourse in the public sphere, except when there's cricket.