Dr Alf is being kind to the Guardian, the EU is said not to know what the UK wants from Brexit when it is obvious from what the UK has said that it doesn’t want, where the EU’s position lies.
May has a short shelf life and will not be around to ratify anything, so does it really take a rocket scientist to see who might be leader and what the desired position might be?
The Guardian is there to sell newspapers, create disturbing headlines, likely to help Jeremy Corbyn, to make as much money as it can for its Oxbridge educated owners and then exploit every tax loophole known to man so that HMRC is left with little or nothing for itself.
We know already that a divorce settlement will have to be agreed and that between zero and £100 billion is the range. We know too that we cannot remain in the Single market and control immigration. We also know that to get UK workers up to speed, supplemented by white South Africans who will come here because Jacob Zuma is starting a Mugabe style land-grab, will take a transitional period of two years which is what Hammond wants.
The UK may get a “brutal” Brexit but politicians like to set out blood curdling positions to appease their constituencies before engaging in horse trading and working out the best way to deliver unpalatable and costly solutions which fleece taxpayers but are dressed up to look like hard won concessions.
The Guardian knows this, as do the BBC, the public and the EU negotiators.
In the end, it is all a game but it is one that Mrs May will have to watch from Maidenhead whilst dreaming of what might have been.