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Please click the button below for my view of the position, as we enter the final rounds of talks

Back to Brexit

The Covid 19 crisis has distracted attention from Brexit, now three months away. Nonetheless, much has happened since March, including 

 - the UK's denial of a negotiating extension; 

 - the in-principle Japan deal; 

 - the recession of a US agreement; and 

 - many rounds of unproductive talks between the UK and the EU. 

The most recent development has been HMG's introduction of clauses in the Internal Market Bill giving ministers powers to set aside aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement obliging regulatory divergence between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

This is either a repudiation of the rule of law or a hard-ball intended to shake loose entrenched attitudes in Brussels; take your pick. It is explored here.  O