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NEW: Brussels nicknamed Dominic Raab 'The Turnip' during his disastrous spell as Brexit secretary 1/
telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/… via @Telegraph
Brussels sources said that Mr Raab was not the fully-briefed details man or tough negotiator meting out home truths to the EU he claims to be in his Tory leadership campaign speeches.
“The Turnip”, a play on raap, the Dutch word for the vegetable, allegedly "chickened out" when confronted by Michel Barnier over empty threats he made about the Irish border in a “very tense” meeting, according to the insiders.

Raab insists that this clash , first revealed by @pmdfoster , shows he was only one willing to take on the EU. 4/
He even mentions it in his campaign videos... 5/
Raab never mentions that Barnier called his bluff,” EU source tells me, “Barnier told Raab that he would tell the member states the UK wanted to blow up the negotiations and didn’t give a s*** about the Irish border.”
7/ “Raab backed down. He chickened out. Which shows he was a naive negotiator. You should never make a threat you are not able to back up.”
Over his four months as Brexit Secretary - Raab convinced people in Brussels he was
- ideologically wedded to no deal
- intentionally misrepresenting EU position
- sewing division in British ranks
- trying to sabotage the deal
- trying to raise his profile to become leader
People will of course say Brussels would say all this because they fear Raab. I don't think that's it, although he is seen as nuts enough to go for no deal as a preferred option.
Question is - can a man so unpopular in Brussels succeed in Brexit negotiations as PM when others, including himself, have already failed?

For reasons of balance. Here is why Brussels won't respect Jeremy Hunt.
And why PM Boris Johnson could put the EU under pressure to be even tougher on Britain.
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