British Environment Secretary George Eustice said Sunday it might be possible to “squeeze out extra time” if the two sides were close to an agreement. And although the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said on Sunday that he was heading back to Brussels for more talks with his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, he insisted that the UK “will not be changing its position” in the coming talks, as BoJo continues his heavy-handed push to force the EU to cave on issues from fisheries access, to Brussels’ demands for a “level playing field”, to the powers of the European Court of Justice.
Frost added in a string of tweets that while there has been “some progress” during the latest round of talks, it’s still extremely possible that “we may not succeed” in striking a mutually agreeable deal. At this point, even the BBC has pointed out that whatever deal does come to pass will be minimal.
Now that the US election has passed, and Dominic Cummings has been booted from the government, Telegraph opinion writer Jeremy Warner suggested recently that a deal was now extremely likely. However, even with the deal, Britain’s exit from the EU is bound to be “shambolic,” since the coronavirus has delayed important infrastructure upgrades to the UK’s customs capabilities.
Apparently, one anonymous Tory MP confided in Warner that he was tired of Britons blaming Tories for not having a clear-cut Brexit plan.
From what we can tell, that notion has yet to be internalized by Wall Street analysts, who are telling clients that a deal is virtually assured. Did they learn nothing from the original upset Brexit Referendum vote?