Opinion – Brexit talks to be delayed after hitting a ‘deadlock’ over Britain’s divorce bill – Business Insider

According to this Business Insider article, the EU’s chief negotiator says he will recommend delaying the next phase of talks until the end of the year.

Source: Brexit talks to be delayed after hitting a ‘deadlock’ over Britain’s divorce bill – Business Insider

The UK team got pushed into following a fixed agenda for negotiations (they were weak and unprepared). The EU are playing by the agreed rules and member countries are in no mood to make concessions.

Theresa May and her Brexit ministers have been far from open and honest with both parliament and the UK public, painting a falsely optimistic position.

Basically, May’s government is ready to crash out of the EU, unless the EU makes concessions. This fight will go right to the wire.

Although I voted Remain, if the UK is forced to crash out of the EU, the UK must make demands on the EU, including deferring financial settlements and strategic agreements, like defense. Surely, it’s time for the UK to play hardball?

Thoughts?

Opinion – Merkel pushes for 3-way “Jamaica” coalition in Germany – Reuters

Here’s an interesting article from Reuters. It’s worth a read.

Source: Merkel pushes for 3-way “Jamaica” coalition in Germany

Angela Merkel‘s next government promises to be very different from the last. Policies on migration, climate, tax, and Europe will be strongly contested before  the 3-way “Jamaica” coalition can come in effect in the new year. With a weaker political base in Germany, it will interesting to see whether Germany lets France take over the leadership of the EU. Of course, an effective counter to France would be the UK but will Merkel’s new Germany be bold in foreign policy?

Thoughts?