1. Exquisite Tweets from @APHClarkson

    PreoccupationsCollected by Preoccupations

    Key fact of the Boris Johnson story is EU ambassadors happily leaked to journalists. Diplomats do not act without the assent of their bosses

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    If senior politicians in the EU27 states are happy to let diplomats leak against Boris Johnson, what does that indicate about Brexit talks?

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Theresa May has said she wants no running commentary about Brexit talks. EU 27 politicians can leak about UK proposals any time they want

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    A situation where senior EU 27 politicians trusted their UK counterparts would make leaks and hit jobs less likely. Yet here we are

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    UK press thinks British politicians are uniquely good at sharp end of politics compared to Europeans. They really don't know what is coming

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Politics in Berlin, Paris or Rome can be as vicious as anything in the UK. EU27 politicians now have little incentive to play fair on Brexit

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    What has characterised attitudes of UK politicians to EU27 has been a peculiarly arrogant Westminster solipsism. Source of so many problems

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Final point, lack of engagement with different national motivations for EU membership can be seen in current Single Market debate in the UK

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Many in the UK political class present the Single Market as something separate from the rest of the European integration process

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Yet if you look at how Single Market emerged in the 80s you can see how it's intertwined with the whole package of European integration

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Schengen, the single currency, standards harmonization, European Law. The Single Market was interconnected with each of these initiatives

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    If the UK shifts to Single Market membership, it still remains dependent on the direction of EU integration over which it has no control

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson

    Personally I don't see that as a problem, but Single Market supporters have to be honest with UK voters

    Reply Retweet Like

    APHClarkson

    Alexander Clarkson