During the slow, spasmodic death of the May premiership, UK and EU negotiators stopped hearing each other, particularly over the idea of changing the withdrawal agreement and its Irish backstop: the Brits insisted it was possible; the Europeans said non/nein/nej.
For a while it seemed the Conservative leadership got the message and plugged the deal (with the backstop) as the only option, but now both of our would-be PMs are, in their very different ways, talking about reopening the issue. The reaction in Europe is disbelief.
Jeremy Hunt says "there’s a deal to be made" by a savvy negotiator, as though breaking a major international impasse in the face of near overwhelming political and diplomatic headwinds is the same as agreeing an acquisition as an SME publisher.
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