The EU negotiators are playing a game, stalling and refusing to negotiate in a sensible manner, but it’s pure posturing – there’s no way they want the UK involved in the forthcoming elections. I don’t believe an extension to Article 50 is what anyone wants.
The most likely outcome is that Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement wins 11th hour approval with a memorandum of understanding over the Irish backstop issue rather than anything that’s legally binding. Against the backdrop of the Labour rebellion, their Eurosceptics will be invigorated to support the deal, diluting the influence of the DUP. Just 23 days to go and counting!
BREXIT CHAOS: May ‘not hopeful’ of backstop breakthrough – delay or no deal MORE LIKELY
THE UK's Brexit future has been thrown into chaos after it emerged Downing Street is not expecting last-ditch talks in Brussels to produce a breakthrough, making the option of a delay or crashing out of the EU with no deal more likely.