"...the starting positions seem to be poles apart."
Of course they do, and as any negotiator knows that's how it should be. It leaves plenty of room for concessions by both parties, and the EU hierarchy has a reputation for compromise.
I remain optimistic. We are going to leave the EU - that is not in doubt. What we want to do is leave with some kind of trading deal, and what the EU negotiators want is for us to pay as much as possible before we go. Something has to move, and in my view the movement will happen on both sides.
There's a way to go before it all comes to a conclusion but like an aircraft that has taken off, we must land eventually... and we will.
hssutton If we are no longer part of the EU before the year is out, May will have failed so badley in her negotiations with the EU that it will very much be a case of us being cut adrift on a rip tide.
I never expected that I might say this, but I honestly believe that Corbyn would negotiate for us more favourably than May can. May has simply started of with an incredibly extreme arrogance that has just pissed the EU off with totally. She's certainly not in the same league as Thatcher or Merkel.