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    As @theresa_may prepares to deliver her speech at #CPC17 Brussels will be watching. They remember what she said in 2016... 1/Thread

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    Above all, they will remember this line on the European Court of Justice...

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    Viewed from Brussels, where EU law is paramount, it sounded like a far-reaching and radical declaration /3

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    It put the EU instantly into a hostile crouch that Mrs May exacerbated in her Lancaster House speech in Jan and Article 50 letter in March/4

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    Amazingly, senior UK diplomats still think May and her team did not understand fully the implications of what they were saying. /5

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    In Florence May took a big step towards unwinding that tension, capping off new diplomacy in July from Hammond on UK staying close to EU /6

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    But they will be watching closely how May addresses the folks back home. /7

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    They will discount somewhat for domestic audience, but will fundamentally want to see May stick to her Florence lines. In tone & content /8

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    There is no trust. And that includes May personally. A senior EU diplomat tells me May's 2017 election campaign "felt like UKIP" /9

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    Despite "constructive" tone of post-Florence talks UK officials warn detente is "extremely fragile". UK on glide-path to deal in Dec. /10

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    Which is why May's tone is important. Will we hear those nativist tones again on wages and migration? Will she rattle 'no deal' sabre? /11

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    The tone will be as important as the content, which will be domestic-focussed.

    But when EU leaders at Oct EUCO, it will matter. Ends 12/12

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