The practical problem the EU has is that BoJo will not accept anything that ties the UK to EU rules. And BoJo is quite happy to trade with the EU on WTO terms. Finally, BoJo has the votes to get a no-deal Brexit through parliament.Many posts ago I commented on a politician who had been involved in the preliminary negotiations. I think it was David Davis. He was interviewed on Radio 5, I think sometime not long after the referendum result. In that interview he stated that in all previous negotiations with the EU, they (the negotiations) had gone down to the wire, in some cases to the very last minute. He said that he would not be surprised if that was the case in the Brexit deal.
The EU now has two options:
- Do nothing and watch BoJo happily exit on WTO terms, blaming the EU for it's intransigence.
- Do a massive climb down and offer a deal that will leave the UK better off than WTO terms
And let's not forget why the EU is so keen to hamstring Britain. They can't afford a UK binning EU rules and cutting taxes below EU levels and then prospering. The calls for the EU to do the same would become clamorous - and then bye-bye United States of Europe
That then leaves the EU with a royally fornicated single currency and no way to fix it.
Oh, how the EU must curse BoJo.