Barnier’s Irish border plans, DUP threats and May mooting a customs union – today’s Brexit machinations

For anyone wanting to understand the EU’s position on the crunch issues, Michel Barnier helpfully gave a speech to businesspeople in the European Parliament yesterday (which you can read in full here). He set out key areas of disagreement with Theresa May’s Chequers plan over its customs proposals and plans effectively to keep the UK in…

The Government has ignored the basic principles of successful negotiation in its dealings with Brussels

The rules of any successful negotiation are essentially the same, whether it’s buying property, selling a business proposition or agreeing the terms of an international treaty. Three are foremost: Keep focused on the big picture and don’t become bogged down in early detail Have a walk-away option which your opposite number believes you might take…