This week has seen a flurry of Brexit headlines, each one both calling an end to the process and somehow extending the whole saga at the same time. While trying to guess what the government is actually doing in these talks is difficult, not least for the government, we’re of the view that despite the noise nothing has changed. The Good Friday Agreement will require more alignment to EU rules than the Brexiteers are happy with to keep the Irish border open, and the Benn act makes talk of no-deal meaningless.
We think all the activity now underway is just theatre. Talk of a work around to force no-deal ignores the illegality of such an attempt and is solely designed to keep the base from turning on the PM. There will most likely be an extension at the end of the month, followed by a general election. All of Westminster knows this, and almost everything you see and hear from now on is just election campaigning.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.