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    The @SZ reports Number 10 invited "European politicians of rank" to May's Florence speech but they all declined.

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    Grundsatzrede in Florenz: Britische Premierministerin May will den Brexit freundschaftlich regeln #brexit sz.de/1.3679177

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    .@SZ: Florence accreditation granted to journalists who hadn't applied for it - No 10 giving away seats to avoid images of half-empty room.

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    So lack of interest from EU27 invitees explains the odd spectacle of May going to Italy to speak to a room full of British journalists.

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    Symptomatic of broader British delusion: May described Brexit yesterday as a "shared challenge". That's just not how it's seen on continent.

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    It's seen as baffling & rather sad act of self-mutilation (motivated by countless untruths) which it's the unhappy job of UK govt to inflict

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