Miichel Barnier can’t give us a reasonable deal because of his concern about other countries following us through the exit door, which will lead to the EU’ s eventual demise.
Does he not consider that he’s possibly cutting off his nose to spite his face; playing at being the big Mr European as he chases, what is privately being discussed in Brussels, his ambition to be the next Commission president?
I have to wonder how long it will be before company directors exporting large volumes of goods from the EU to the UK start putting on the pressure for a sensible deal.
He talks about ferry-based checks on goods being more pragmatic than a 500km-long land border which the UK has never suggested as a viable option. That notion is only coming from the EU and would never be in Ireland’s best interests.
It’s the UK that is being pragmatic here – we don’t need a hard border. The time has come for Mr Barnier to prove he is the sensible diplomat he professes to be. History will be the judge of that!