Why don't you just make something up Andy? How are they acting like children?
By preparingthemselves for a serious negoatiation?
By asking the UK to get its act together?
By not believbing in Unicorns?
I'll tell you what acting like a child is, it's agitiating for decades for something, not preparingand then, when you're in the cabinet, gobbing off soundbites instead of doing the plarandnning, finally running away because you can't have all of your own way.
Not forking over £40 billion will cause the EU a major political headache. Loads of EU projects will have to be curtailed or cancelled.
Why this card was not played before totally escapes me - its a strong negotiating ploy. May running away from problems would be my guess.
More than ever I think May has been told that unless she toughens her negotiating stance, she will face a leadership challenge. Raab seems to have been given a lot more negotiating freedom than David Davis ever was. And Olly Robbins seems to have been sidelined - about time too.
May was absolutely stupid not to play these cards before. She's just proved to be week in negotiations and a doormat the EU has walked right over. At least Dominic Rabb is adopting a more realistic negotiating stance.
Which in turn is more likely to force concessions out of the EU.
So now having bailed out of DExEU and generally regarded as a failure. In not being actually able to deliver brexit or making pigs fly.
Hes giving advice to the PM. It's a pity he wasn't so helpful when he had only one job to do.