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Thursday 8 March

Theresa May’s car crash of a negotiating position caught fire yesterday as Donald Tusk stuck with the EU’s Single Market or goods based trade deal ultimatum.

On Friday, Theresa May sketched out a third way, with Britain remaining in the more regulated (not that any of the EU is less regulated) parts of the Single Market, namely, medicines, aviation and chemicals via continued membership of EU agencies and by continuing to adopt EU rules in their thousands.

May left out financial services, a baton taken up yesterday by her chancellor, Philip Hammond who ruled out staying in the EU’s numerous financial “authorities” (when it comes to finance, the EU likes to have that a bit more power than a mere agency can offer) but like May, called for British regulators and Parliament to maintain “equivalence” with the EU – i.e. remaining part of the single market without formal agreement.

As reported in yesterday’s Brexit Brunch, Tusk wouldn’t be having it. “Financial services aren’t goods,” he told journalists in Luxembourg.

The accompanying five-page document makes for predictable reading, including the usual plea for the UK’s metropolitan elites to deny the popular will and reverse Brexit, stating the British government should be “prepared to reconsider” its stance if attitudes “were to evolve.”

The Remainer revolt supported by the media is stoking Brussels’ hopes of a reversal. In turn, the EU capital is attempting to give Remainers extra hope, an absolute scandal. And to think, we are supposed to consider continental Europe our allies.

On a daily basis, Brexiteers are now reminded of the threats we face on all sides. We duly encourage readers of Brexit Brunch to consider a donation or becoming a member. Every little helps.

The ground beneath our feet becomes stickier and stickier as the withdrawal process becomes ever more complicated. The elites bury British sovereignty under EU ground through legal nuances and dull bureaucratic procedures. Fortunately, there are some corners of the once-great British press with the will and vigour to unearth the subterfuge.

Today’s Bristol Post shockingly reveals that checks over whether EU citizens applying for permanent residency have previous criminal convictions will extend only as far as a “self-declaratory tick-box”. Ministers have confirmed with local Remainer MP Darren Jones that no further evidence will be required, a CRB check this ain’t.

If you can stomach the Remainer fervour contained within, we also recommend this Irish Times article outlining how useless HMRC is at establishing frictionless, but still regulated borders. The mountain to climb in order to keep the DUP happy and honour May’s foolish pledges to keep the Irish border invisible without Britain getting trapped in the Single Market, just got higher.

In other news, Westmonster have a write up of Philip Hammond’s outrageous pledge to give EU fisheries’ reciprocal access to Britain’s waters, following similarly treasonous noises from the PM and David Davis. Vince Cable is trying to sound like a Brexiteer over Gibraltar, telling the prime minister she must resist Spain’s veto after the government pledged to look out for the Rock’s interests during the second phase of the negotiations.