There is a key difference though and that is the totemic nature of free movement in Eastern Europe. I am married to an Eastern European, who whilst not an EU national, is obsessed with the idea of travel. Ecomonics deprived her and politics deprived her parents.
The day we leave the EU we give up 53 trade deals we had by virtue of being a member of the largest trading bloc on earth.
We have bugger all trade negotiating experience and it's going to take decades to attempt to negotiate less favourable trade deals as a far smaller market of 65 million people with shrinking growth and mass unemployment.
You do realise the white paper was altered significantly between discussing it with the EU and actually presenting it, don't you?
One change was to stop UK collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU (but expecting EU to collect tariffs on behalf of the UK). Another was to cancel the EU "backstop" proposal for NI and the other two to withdraw from the VAT levels and require new legislation if UK wanted to remain in the CU.
As it was already stated the new proposals would be "dead in the water" before being discussed by the EU then I'm amazed you find it difficult to understand the EU is not in this to give UK all the bits they want without accepting anything the EU wants.
There's cherry picking and there's cherry picking but this was just going to leave the stones on the tree for the EU while UK got the fruit.
You have skipped a few steps: it was discussed with the EU(parts) then presented to Cabinet, resulting in a wave of resignations, followed by a threat to bring down the government by Tories, then changed and re-presented to the EU with amendments.
The thing is, the issues that Barnier is rejecting include those that were not changed between Merkel's approval to submission.
How do you explain that away without placing any blame whatsoever on the EU, which is your normal practice!?
It was inevitable. Why do you think I've been kicking off at Johnson's and Mogg's rhetoric? Playing to the gallery at home without due regard to normal diplomacy.
It goes down well with the hard of thinking but it's no way to enter into political negotiations.
Anything which comes under EU data protection laws will be off limits until we have got some kind of agreement which they can trust in place. Even then it'll be limited. I said this umpteen times x 100.