Not everyone agrees with this very strong Commission assessment of role of services in goods, and the marginal advantage Chequers would bring. /3
The Poles also questioned Ireland strategy at GAC, tho am told got slapped down hard by French and German reps. /5
But there IS some eye-rolling at the Commission/Barnier. And a bit more than in phase 1.
Not that the Brits have thus far ever operationalised it. /6
It creates a sense of capriciousness... /7
Just another example of where UK is clearly orientating to EU not US, as also with the offer on state aid, competition and the rulebook./10
Is this kind of intervention helpful? Is it necessary? Says nothing new. Just stirs the pot a bit, at a key moment in this process.
Small thing in the grand scheme, to be sure. /13 ENDS