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In the next few days an announcement will be made that Britain and the EU have churned out a deal. It will be followed by a market rally and cheers across the continent. The usual narratives will play out. Britain got this, EU got that, now "we will be free of the British sabotaging our project" the EU will proclaim. "We will be free and independent" the British will say.

Britain will get most of what she wants because she holds most of the cards. There are essentially 3 important areas that are being negotiated:

1) The nature of the trade relationship.
2) The UK's territorial waters.
3) The power of the EU to curtail British protectionist policies and set manufacturing/consumer/bank standards in Britain.

The EU is demanding access to UK waters and some power to curtail British protectionism and set standards in the UK in exchange for a free-trade deal.

The problem the EU is facing with this logic is that she has already signed very privileged variations of free-trade deals with Canada, Australia and Israel without demanding any of those things she is demanding of Britain. Another problem the EU is facing with her logic is that even though Boris and the UK argue that the UK should be free to impose protectionist policies and set its own standards in effect this is a moot point because the UK is the least protectionist in Europe by a far and wide margin and the one who has been setting both the EU's and global standards anyway. Effectively the EU has absolutely no carrots to offer to the UK and her sticks are totally hollow. Her biggest stick is for the UK to go into WTO terms which is only mildly painful(0.7% of GDP over 5 years :lol: ) and only for a very limited period of time and that only because Boris has not created the appropriate infrastructure for it and that alone should inform you of how seriously he actually takes EU threats on that.

It will not take very long until economies like Spain & Italy start crunching the numbers but they can be kept in the fold by threats of coercion a lot easier than the UK, the biggest concern will be France who is growing more and more tired of German thick-headedness. Germany has shown that she will never budge to anything, making it almost impossible to cooperate with. German consensus means everybody conceding to the German position and that becomes more and more evident with every passing decade. Remember, France left NATO a couple of decades ago for much less reasons.(sub note here: if Nato survived the loss of France during the bloody Cold War, it can easily survive the loss of Turkey)

The UK has already started a new global initiative called the D10 which will indeed take centre-stage for global relations in the following years. This will also undercut the EU's hold over her periphery who rely on the EU for support against Russia & Turkey while the EU's own foreign policy has proven that she will throw any [pro-]EU country under the bus even if it marginally affects German trade with the aggressors. Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, even the Kurds were betrayed by the EU first, politically and diplomatically. Apologists hide behind faux anti-war messages that have enabled the war destruction of all these countries while hypocritically pointing the finger at the US alone but these nonsense only go as far as the idiots in a room.

Now, we have reached a point where Germany openly & shamelessly argues that we should either reward Erdogan to entice him to stop invading official EU territory or to "punish Turkey" by not rewarding Erdogan with a brand new & fantastic trade agreement that we are persistently refusing our British brethren. Reward or let Erdogan be as he already is. Wrap your heads around that if you can. Again, apologists will hide behind custom union terms and other jargon to obfuscate matters in order to deny the very simple truth that in both cases the bottom line is that both countries want to enhance their free-trade access into the EU so that they can increase their trade balance. Turkey is being offered carrots for her outright invasion of official EU territory while Britain is being offered sticks for her aloofness.

PS: Boris will also manoeuvre Scotland into a corner when he hands Scottish fishermen 4 times the catch they had under the EU, then he will be able to claim that pro-EU Scottish politicians are "traitors" who care about "EU bureaucrats more than their own people".

The EU of course will not simply die from one day to the next, she still has time to respond and has a heavy arsenal of carrots to strategically deploy if need be.

The 'deal will not favour the FUK (Englandistan). It still has to go through the European Parliament and it will need to be a very thin deal to avoid the regional assemblies, any one of which can veto a 'deal, so you are talking bollocks as usual.

It will be no-deal by accident or more likely DINO and the EU will get everything it needs off the Sick Man of Europe.

The UK is fucked, every which way, whatever happens.

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Europe says 95% of deal already agreed, also willing to bypass EU parliament ratification to speed things up and have the EU parliament ratify the deal retrospectively. :lol:

You're in denial:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 59157.html

The total EU retreat and unconditional surrender has already happened. All that remains is managing communications and choreographing the final drama scene.
noemon wrote:You're in denial

Its been 95% done this past 6 months.

Unless the UK Internal Market Bill is shelved there will be no deal.

Your Prime Minister says he will not alter a word.

The UK, soon to be the Former United Kingdom, is fucked.

noemon wrote:the EU parliament ratify the deal retrospectively.

The European Parliament have already said they will not ratify any old deal and the deal will need ratifying. If it is not a thin deal, the regional assemblies will have their say and veto.

Crow if you want but it doesn't look good for your adopted country.

article of the pro-EU anti-Brexit Independent from today wrote:European Commission secretary general Ilze Juhansone told diplomats from the 27 member states today that the deal on post-Brexit relations with the UK was 95 per cent complete, but said wide gaps remain on the key issues of fisheries, governance and a level playing field for standards.

And with just 41 days left before Boris Johnson’s deadline for a deal, officials have floated proposals for an agreement to be provisionally implemented at the end of 2020 before being given formal approval later by the European Parliament.

Monday is believed to be the deadline for agreement if the deal, stretching into hundreds of pages of complex legal text, is to be translated into all the EU’s official languages as required before the end of the UK’s transition period.

But France is understood to have raised objections to approval of an English-only treaty text, insisting it must be translated into French before going to MEPs for scrutiny.

So it will be translated to French as well. Lots of win everywhere. As I said you are entitled a few more days of total denial, then you will reach the stage of acceptance.
noemon wrote:The EU of course will not simply die from one day to the next, she still has time to respond and has a heavy arsenal of carrots to strategically deploy if need be.

There's a sentence you don't read every day. :)
I would say a deal/no deal only hinges on France at the moment. They are likely to get hit hardest from a no deal and perhaps that is why the EU is holding out now as Macron is talking tough. Although I don't buy the UK will be hit harder as the net exporter always loses out in these situations and import duty is a simple way to pay off the Covid clusterfuck without rising taxes too high at the moment. Perhaps the UK will lose out in terms of losses made per individual states but not as an EU collective vs UK economy.

Also most things have been agreed now and it is a matter of coming down to fishing and subsides now. I suspect a deal is likely to be agreed in the end as Macron has other domestic issues to deal with and the fallout of Brexit isn't a crisis he can deal with at the moment. Perhaps now it is time to move on rather than bash the drum. But in any case if the UK do not concede on the Northern Ireland protocol at the very least, a deal cannot be achieved - even under other concessions. So I am still skeptical a deal can be reached even now.
Varadkar has already greenlighted the deal. Only holdout is France and that in name only.

It's done mate, we are just waiting on the choreography now.

Boris' greatest strength is managing expectations, you expect he will be a total clusterfuck and then he isn't.
noemon wrote:Varadkar

It's not up to Varadkar.

It is unlikely the European Union will grant the UK a grace period in January to help business adjust to the new post-Brexit trading regime, Ireland's foreign affairs minister has told Euronews.

The EU and UK are in the final stages of negotiations on a possible post-Brexit trade deal, although differences remain.

Either way, significant disruption to trade is expected from January 1 when the UK ceases to be a member of the EU single market and customs union. While the UK left the EU at the end of January, an 11-month transition period was instigated to preserve the status quo. That ends at 23h GMT on December 31.

Trade experts say an initial grace period of around three to six months may be necessary to allow businesses to get used to the changes.

However, Ireland's foreign affairs minister, Simon Coveney, says such flexibilities are “very difficult” for Brussels to allow.

“No, I don't think that's likely, you know, I think that the law changes as regards to trade at the end of the year”, he told Euronews.

— Euronews 16 Nov. 2020

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Rugoz wrote:what kind of deal it will be

It will be a shit deal, if one is signed, and Boris (after lauding it to the skies) will be saying so once it's signed to please the ERG. Then he will blame the EU, the opposition, the 'people from nowhere', the blacks and Uncle Tom Cobley and all, when the UK sinks into the brown stuff.

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The latest feeling I get is that the EU is circle jerking the UK. The aim is too run the clock down and make it look like that "both sides tried but couldn't reach a deal". Hopefully I am wrong however the EU does have an inherent interest at torpedoing UKs economy and sending in to free fall even at some cost to itself.

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