It was an "all weather" vehicle, designed to withstand precisely the storm of a 'no deal' - that's its point 1/thread
So the Government's apparent attempts to re-write it, pare it back is like an insurance company trying to wheedle out of a pre-agreed policy, as @GeorgePeretzQC has observed. /2
At the very least, this move surely betrays very, very low levels of confidence on UK side that a deal can be done. /6
But it would seem to be difficult, given what Barnier and Von Der Leyen have said on Protocol implementation, for them to look past this. /13
But as noted above, it hardly creates atmosphere conducive to negotiations. /14
There seemed to be hope that the supermarkets/tariffs/summary declarations issues could be, if not 'fixed' then made to work.
Never going to be easy. But we signed the deal. /15