Clock tick­ing to find Brexit so­lu­tions

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re­fresh­ment for vis­i­tors by road and the walkers who visit the site.

I won­der if Mr Gill ever vis­ited and en­joyed the old cas­tle hostelry but at the same time think­ing ‘should I re­ally be at­tend­ing this place even though it shouldn’t be here?’

Or maybe he is a rel­a­tively new kid on the block.

At present the site is still a dump­ing ground as pre­vi­ously high­lighted by a lo­cal gen­tle­man FOL­LOW­ING PM Theresa May’s gen­er­ous of­fers made to the EU in Florence she went on to serve an ace and say “the ball is in their court.”

How­ever, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion spokesper­son Mar­gari­tis Schi­nas coun­tered: “This is not ex­actly a ball game. There is a clear se­quenc­ing to these talks, there has been no so­lu­tion found on step 1, the di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.”

Fore­arm smash spe­cial­ist EU chief ne­go­tia­tor Mr Michel Barnier – may have played a lot of sport but I don’t think he plays ten­nis. There you have it, progress in Brus­sels.

On a more se­ri­ous note, the new plan for a hard Brexit is good news. It adds cred­i­bil­ity to the claim that no deal is bet­ter than a bad deal. The gov­ern­ment is cop­ping crit­i­cism though. But that might be a ne­go­ti­a­tion tac­tic as well. It re­duces the time which the EU can play a de­struc­tive game of pol­i­tics which dis­cred­its Brexit. The clock is now tick­ing on find­ing so­lu­tions, not prob­lems.

Three is­sues are pre­sented by Brus­sels: Di­vorce pay­ment; Ir­ish bor­der is­sue; rights of Euro­peans in the UK.

With re­gard to the de­mands for a di­vorce set­tle­ment, ab­so­lutely nowhere does it say that a pay­ment as such is a req­ui­site to leav­ing the EU.

Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to hon­our­ing its con­trac­tual fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions. The Ir­ish bor­der is­sue is solv­able sim­ply by leav­ing it as it is. Euro­peans al­ready in the UK are safe; they only have to abide by our own laws as Brits abroad do when abid­ing by theirs. There’s no place here for a two-tier sys­tem. The ball is firmly in the EU’s court.

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