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    Back from meetings in Brussels. Becoming crystal clear that deal vs no-deal scenario will hinge on one thing: the European Court of Justice.

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    Prime minister clear that we will leave the jurisdiction of ECJ on Brexit Day. Taken to the letter, that means no transition, no deal.

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    ECJ has oversight of all our interactions with EU. Trade, customs, regulation. If no ECJ supervision, planes can't fly from UK to EU.

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    Deals can be struck to remove ECJ oversight from UK-EU relations, but will take years. Not possible by Brexit Day; EU will refuse to attempt

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    So bottom line: how willing will PM be to give way on a red line? EU side seems to think she'll be forced to compromise. Will Mail let her?

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    Will it ultimately be more important to secure a deal w/ limited ECJ oversight, or become martyr to the empty concept of total sovereignty?

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    If she refuses deal bc of temporary ECJ oversight, will cause needless destruction. Mail may encourage her now, but later may not forgive.

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    PS tabloids identified by EU as key possible source of failure. See budget U-turn. If she gets deal w/ ECJ role, & Mail outraged, what then?

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