Your last sentence completely negates all the rest. If we are headed for an economic slowdown due to China, which incidentally is already slowing down what the hell was the point of the EU trumpeting it’s trade deal when it did? I’ve said this before. If the EU’s share of world trade is reducing, we’ll compound it they say. The EU is as strong as it’s weakest link and it has a number of them, not least the effect the green lobby is having on current economic thinkingHere is the problem as seen through a Colonial view point....
What you do with the Continentals is your business.
But they also have a formidable defensive line and the UK is trying to march down the field in a hurry up offensive because you have two minutes left on the clock... They are not going to roll over and give up.
I don't think it is a bone idea but the the way it is being managed needs some immediate improvement.
You can't take on the world, which is what it seems like your government is trying to do all at once. As has been pointed out. You can talk $hit to the other teams, but that is not going to get anything done. All it is going to do is piss off the other side and make sure they want to hit you harder.
The expectation was that the UK would come out and start negotiations in a serious manner on 1-2. With the thought that you would attempt to sign a deal with the States first and add pressure to the EU. But that is not possible anymore at this time.
The EU knows this now, and will continue to dig in and play hard ball. They seem to be stiffening for a long drawn out fight and time is on their side. If they come to terms with America first, then that increases pressure on the UK to sign some crappy deal in order to avoid the pain of 31-12 with no deal in hand. They will cut your knees out from under you if they can.
Then you also have to throw China into the mix which the US is at loggerheads with, and it gets even more complicated. Because what deals you ink with them, will effect what the United States will or will not do for the UK. You have great power competition with the UK caught in the middle of the mess, and offending one bloc will bounce back. Sovereignty has a price and at least as a member of the EU you were protected from all of the blow back.
It will be interesting to watch...Especially considering the economic slowdown bound to occur world wide due to a virus in China.