Hardly trying to spin it into anything, as I said I don't know the full details. You can take the article with a grain of salt or look what was written in it.
Just a small question, A101: How many languages do you speak? And do you ever read serious foreign newspapers?
Because if you're limited to just reading the English press, you're bound to be behind the breaking news curve on Brexit, let me tell you that
British journalists seem to talk only to British politicians who either don't have a clue, or are deliberately not releasing certain pieces of information to be able to control the newsflow and thus the events they have to work with, let me tell you that!
For one reason or another, the things which are in the news tomorrow in the UK on Brexit, are always out today in French, or German...
It could have something to do with the fact it's the EU which is clearly in the driver's seat, and the EU officials talking to their native press reporters off record, first.
If you want to read in English what they have to report, I suggest you start reading Bloomberg.. for one reason they seem to have access to these EU sources too:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ium-europe
could they make a trade deal in that time frame, I doubt it
After more than 2 years, you still only just 'doubt' that the EU will not negotiate a trade deal with a member?
Seriously? Even David Davis is educated on that part of how the EU works, by now!
The EU can legally NOT negotiate with a memberstate over trade, as it represents that memberstate during trade negotiations, always, everywhere, and until the very moment it is no longer a memberstate, period.
So if the UK stays as a member state till the end of the Multi Annual Financial Framework (so till the beginning of 2021), trade negotiations can only start after that, which will still mean there will still be an need for a transion period, just like now really.
You may not be ready for that idea: I remember it took 3 months for brexiteers to accept the concept of a transition period the first time too.
Still remember all the BS about TM trying desperately to call it the 'implementation period' at first even to sugar coat the bitter pil that after the 2 year notification period, there would have to be another long period of status quo?
Well, it looks like after the 2 year notification period, there will be another period of almost 2 years of 'extended' notification, after which guess what: a lengthy transition period will have to follow, possibly to be called implementation period!
To illustrate the way in which the British press is being played to support a plan by raising expectations which are subsequently tuned down again, note how the report in The Sun -quoting British sources- tries to sell the idea of a 21 month extension by hinting at a trade DEAL being concluded during that 21 month period (and which could thus come online right after), whereas the other non-British sources (including Bloomberg which takes from those European sources), merely talk about coming up with a comperehensive PLAN for future trade ties, so very much like in a political declaration added to the WA, just like now and fully in line with the constitutional arrangements on how the EU works.
Guess which of the 2 versions will be the real one?
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