Takes two to Tango

Dominic Raab lashed out at “hair-raising scare stories” about a no deal Brexit at a press conference with Michel Barnier on Tuesday, as the EU’s chief negotiator warned that Brussels would not accept the blame for failure to strike an agreement.

It’s not true that failure to reach an agreement should be blamed on all parties equally. And it’s also not, necessarily, true that one or other party should be blamed at all. Sometimes people simply are intransigent and agreement cannot be reached, whatever one side does.

But the way to bet is still that if agreement doesn’t happen then both sides are at least a bit to blame.

10 thoughts on “Takes two to Tango”

  1. There is no negotiation. Brussels want us to agree to their demands. May wants a political solution that does that without looking like it does

  2. The Pedant-General

    And HMG screwed up massively right from the get go by failing to state publicly, loudly and often what the “No Deal” plan would be so that they weren’t so obviously beholden to whatever the outcome of the negotiations would be.


  3. HMG screwed up massively right from the get go by failing to state publicly, loudly and often what the “No Deal” plan would be

    That was May’s plan all along – make no deal sound so scary we would accept any bullshit she came up with. And of course the compliant media and the talking head elite wankers like Adonis, Blair, Greive et al and their big business mates are nicely stoking the fires for her.
    My hatred of the terminally useless women really knows no bounds.

  4. HMG has accepted every aspect of the EU’s concept of how the negotiation should be conducted and then seems surprised that the EU expects HMG to accept the whole substance as well.

    Further to the P-G’s point, we should have refused to accept the whole timetabling charade of the withdrawal agreement being entirely separate to the future relationship and said if you don’t want to negotiate properly, here is our plan for leaving sans agreement. Point one of which would be the cessation of any and all payments to the Commission’s coffers.

  5. Frankly, Article 50 should have been invoked within days of the Referendum, followed with cutting off the money, and inviting the EU to chuck us out, in which case, there would be no money – ever. We should have demanded the return of investments made as a negotiating tactic. After all, everyone realises that if Cameron got a sensible deal we’d have still been in. Also, an instant withdrawal from the common fisheries policy and the like would have put pressure on the bastards at home. TomJ has the point already!

  6. Doesn’t article 50 oblige both sides to negotiate in good faith? Do we believe Barnier acted in that way? I don’t.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    It’s amazing, or maybe isn’t, that anyone expects the EU to agree to anything before the last second of the last minute of the allowable time. The EU hasn’t ever agreed to anything early and only comes to agreement in the early hours of the morning after a dinner and further meets chaired by Druncker.

  8. @ Rhoda Klapp
    Well of course not – he’s French so he doesn’t expect “perfide Angleterre” to act in good faith and acts in bad faith before even asking.

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