The @SZ reports Number 10 invited "European politicians of rank" to May's Florence speech but they all declined.
.@SZ: Florence accreditation granted to journalists who hadn't applied for it - No 10 giving away seats to avoid images of half-empty room.
So lack of interest from EU27 invitees explains the odd spectacle of May going to Italy to speak to a room full of British journalists.
Symptomatic of broader British delusion: May described Brexit yesterday as a "shared challenge". That's just not how it's seen on continent.