EU sets out Brexit mandate for chief negotiator Barnier | News | DW | 22.05.2017

Here’s a good article from German news agency DW. It reports that EU ministers have given the bloc’s lead negotiator for Brexit his mandate for the negotiations but French former diplomat Michel Barnier is not expected to begin talks until after the UK general election in June.

Source: EU sets out Brexit mandate for chief negotiator Barnier | News | DW | 22.05.2017

Europe seems to have her ducks in a row but Theresa May‘s team seem to be on the back foot. The Brexit ministers, Davis, Johnson and Fox look increasingly flaky. If Theresa May wins the election, hopefully she’ll strengthen her Brexit team and replace Fox and Johnson, if not all three.

Thoughts?

Theresa May accused of dishonesty over ‘dementia tax’ U-turn amid campaign disarray | The Independent

The Independent reports that a rattled Theresa May is facing damaging accusations of dishonesty after her humiliating U-turn on “dementia tax” left the Conservative election campaign in disarray.

Theresa May accused of dishonesty over ‘dementia tax’ U-turn amid campaign disarray | The Independent

The team that have been responsible for the fiasco over the ‘dementia tax’ are also going to negotiate ‘Brexit‘. Theresa May’s campaign has been simplistic, repeatedly echoing the same bland language and asking for the public to trust her judgement with Brexit. Now May is looking dishonest.

May still looks set to win but I wouldn’t bet on the size of her majority.

From the moment that May called the election, it was obvious that she risked a major wobble.

When May’s reelected, we can expect a few wobbles in the financial markets because she’ll constantly be firefighting.

The best hope is a major cabinet reshuffle after the election, promoting those with sound political and negotiating skills. May’s presidential style of leadership is weakening the UK.

Thoughts?