seahawk wrote:I think it is a very wrong idea to believe that the EU still wants to WA signed. And considering that the UK does not even wishes to negotiate,it will not be signed. Everyone is preparing for the Hard Brexit and it seems the EU27 are fine with it.
Indeed, theres a notorious position paper from the EU from some time ago which predicted that in case the UK crashing out with no deal, it will undertake steps to ask to come to a comprehensive FTA first, and relatively soon after Brexit even, forced by the economic pain felt as time goes by.
Which is why you are increasingly hearing the EU say accepting ALL elements of the WA (so including the backstop) are a pre-condition to starting those negotiations: they have already calculated the outcome of a no deal Brexit, done a risk-and-strength analysis and come to the conclusion they can set the price!
I wouldnt be surprised to see they even try to drag their feed when the request comes, simply to maximize pain first and thus squeeze even more out of the UK!