“There was a feeling [in amb meeting] ‘wouldn't it be better to have a dose of no deal to bring some sanity to the debate.”
EU leaders will decide next Thursday at summit and insiders expect it will be decided on the day, not pre-cooked in advance.
Big political high-wire decision.
* EP elections
*Paying budget contributions - no more, no less.
This is the view of council lawyers.
But EU certain there are no easy fixes.
When MPs rejected Brexit deal, it revealed a profound split over Brexit, that cannot be resolved by three lines of text on the backstop.
'Voting for no-deal is like the Titanic voting for the iceberg.'
Sabine Weyand quoted him this morning (after Rutte made the remark in a recent phone call to Jean-Claude Juncker).