1. Exquisite Tweets from @DavidHenigUK, @davidallengreen

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    We have a slightly optimistic Brexit thread from @davidallengreen here - while rightly cautioning us to wait for the full text of the White Paper. I'm afraid I'm really quite concerned, and this is why... 1/ (won't be too long)

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    David Henig

    Firstly the tone of the conversation yesterday (let's take for example this from @Peston m.facebook.com/14982767671637…) seems to have been that none of the EU models will work for the UK, so this is the compromise that will best work for the UK. That's not much change from before 2/

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    David Henig

    Second the fact that the PM has re-emphasised her red lines when we know they are not conducive to a border-free deal - and re-emphasised there can't be a border. (from brexitcentral.com/theresa-may-se…) 3/

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    David Henig

    Many see this as the start of the process but I don't see how the PM can now easily go back and ease the red lines - yesterday was her opportunity, lined up in advance, and she moved only very slightly then presented it as a great victory, which brings us to... 4/

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    David Henig

    The PM is still giving different messages to different people. The national spin was she's taken on the hard Brexiteers and won. But the letter to conservative MPs says nothing really changes from the manifesto. This different messaging can't go well 5/

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    David Henig

    And to prove nothing changes we're still going to complete the terms of the future relationship in the Autumn, which was scarcely credible 18 months ago, and is now ridiculous 6/

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    David Henig

  2. In fact the only change I saw yesterday was the EU side giving a more measured response than has been the case recently. This at least is good news. But unless the White Paper differs considerably for this 3 pages, Chequers changed nothing 7/ ends

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    David Henig