Brexit Bulletin: Mandatory Threats
What’s Happening? Boris Johnson threatens the European Union with a deadline.
The British Prime Minister has told the EU he’ll walk away from the negotiating table in June if it’s not clear he’s going to get a Canada-style trade agreement with the bloc.
As ever, the big flashpoints are access to fishing waters and the level-playing field. The government's decision to prioritize sovereignty over any trade deal, though, makes compromise with the EU in this area harder. It argues that only the European Court of Justice can police Britain's compliance with the bloc's rule-book — something the U.K. rejects. But there could room for a fudge here.
Both sides will at least sit down together on Monday. For all the bluster, they may not be so far apart. The risk, as Ian Wishart has pointed out, is that in this latest bout, Brussels may have misjudged Johnson.
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Brexit in Brief
Border Blues | Fewer EU citizens arrived in Britain in the year through September than at any time since 2012 as the political drama over Brexit reached a climax.
Ulster Says No | Matthew O'Toole, the SDLP’s Brexit spokesperson, said the British government's negotiating mandate has “opted to put Northern Ireland's economy at risk” in order to indulge “the fixations of English nationalists and libertarian fantasists.”
History Lessons | Dominic Cummings has caused Cromwellian levels of resentment over Brexit, according to the Evening Standard.
Reliable Robots | More than a fifth of British people would trust artificial intelligence over politicians to handle Brexit, new research suggests.
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