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Peter Foster @pmdfoster
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So @theresa_may got a an absolute kicking tonight.

She made her pitch to the the EU leaders and they basically said no.

Compare and contrast. Ugly. #Brexit
@theresa_may This is not pretty reading.

In Para 3 the EU rip out reassurance that Backstop is "not a desirable outcome for the Union" and add a bit on the 'integrity of the single market.

Para 4 the add is designed to remind UK that trust cuts both ways, as does this deal. /2
@theresa_may Then the really bad part.

Para 5 was controversial part even before the night began (the Irish hated it). It promised to examine whether "any further reassurance can be provided".

In the final it was ripped out completely and replaced with a pledge to ramp up no-deal preps./3
@theresa_may Details are still emerging, but it seems as if May once again refused to clarify what she wanted.

Leader frustration seems to have boiled over here. Another classic #Maybot briefing. Usual routine where she doesn't say much more than is in a press release. /4
@theresa_may First hint came earlier tonight when May's insipid opening pitch became clear...

“We must get this right, lets hold nothing in reserve, let’s work together...

Usual empty blather.

Too early to call it Salzburg 2.0? /5
@theresa_may Juncker didn't mince words after:

"Our UK friends need to say what they want instead of asking us to say what we want"

Then said May must set out expectations:

"This debate is sometimes nebulous and we would like clarification. " /6
@theresa_may You have to say that the entire May operation appears to be running out of steam, and out of ideas. /7 END
@theresa_may PS - I did a read here this morning - worrying out loud that EU leaders were not in mood for concession or legal texts, and raising prospect of a Salzburg reprise if she got it wrong. Another bad night for our tin-eared PM, sorry to report.…
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