Read In Full: The Leaked Future Relationship Political Declaration

Within minutes of it being announced that UK and EU officials have agreed on a new draft political declaration on the future trading relationship, the document leaked. Guido brings you the new 26 page document, up from 7 pages last week. Whilst none of this political declaration is legally binding, it does set out the direction of travel…

Key updates include a commitment to consider a ‘Max Fac’ “alternative arrangement for ensuring the absence of a hard border on the island of Ireland” and changing the original seven page documents’ commitment to “establish ambitious customs arrangements that build on the single customs territory” to an even more ambiguous commitment to “build and improve on the single customs territory”. Guido thinks he and the EU might have a different definition of what an ‘improvement’ on the ‘single customs territory’ would look like…

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Soros on the pan-European elections to the EU parliament…

“It is difficult to see how the pro-European parties can emerge victorious from the election in May unless they put Europe’s interests ahead of their own. One can still make a case for preserving the EU in order radically to reinvent it. But that would require a change of heart in the EU. The current leadership is reminiscent of the politburo when the Soviet Union collapsed – continuing to issue ukazes as if they were still relevant.”


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