1. Exquisite Tweets from @judithmknott

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  2. OK I've now read it. Some is already in Shipman Sunday Times piece. But this is much worse. I'll focus on what's not in Shipman: 1/n

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    Juncker not easily shocked. But clearly visibly shocked by dinner at No10. "10 times more sceptical than before." 2/n

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    Context: UK has blocked agrt of EU mid-term budget settlement, pleading purdah and inability to bind successor. Not gone down well. 3/n

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    Light relief: Davis over dinner recounts recent success at ECJ against May on data. Did not amuse his boss. He won't last after GE? 4/n

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    First big shock: May wants to start with citizens' rights as early as end June. But UK law clear: they'll be t/a 3rd country citizens. 5/n

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    May attitude: "brexit's going to be success". Surprised when Juncker had different view - seemed she hadn't heard this view so plainly. 7/n

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    V interesting (and needs more work): she thinks this is like "protocol 36" to Lisbon treaty. Paper exercise with little practical change.8/n

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    This rang Juncker's alarm bells. Brexit v different from that exercise. 9/n

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    Money (sit down): she said we didn't owe a penny - it's not in treaty. Davis added we'd be out of ECJ so EU couldn't enforce it anyhow. 10/n

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    Juncker countered: ok then no trade deal. And process will be different: each Member State will need to agree. 11/n

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    Hence Juncker's profound shock, phone call to Merkel 7am next day. He thinks >50% likely no deal. 12/ends

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