As a former civil servant I struggle to put into words how much rudeness, discourtesy and abuse we are conditioned to tolerate without complaint from Ministers and their advisors.

I can't even imagine how bad things were in the HO for actual complaints to materialise.
I love "Yes, Minister" but it's convinced generations that civil servants are sassy back talkers fearless of their bosses wroth.

That's hilariously innacurate.
By the way, the above tweets weren't to suggest Ministers or advisers were routinely horrible.

Some were lovely, and most were professional or passably polite.

The point is that we're conditioned to accept the rudeness when it does happen, because the Minister is uber alles.

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My deeply unsexy takes on @pmdfoster's amazing story:

1. Looks bad but We won't know what this is until the bill is out.

2. If this is a negotiating tactic, it's a bad one.

3. Those implying this will sink future UK FTA's with 3rd countries are (in my view) overstating a bit.
1/ Expanding on (3) because people will yell at me:

In my view, 3rd countries like Canada and Japan will consider the WA distinct enough from regular FTA practice not to begin questioning whether the UK will live up to tariff bindings or other FTA commitments over this.
2/ "What about Pelosi and Congress?"

Yeah, that might be a problem but:

a) The test for Pelosi and Irish-American Congressfolk is going to be if the border descends into chaos and violence again. Not clear this does that.

b) US deal not even remotely close anyway.
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It's 18 months later. Let's check the papers.
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The government has missed what the industry called the absolute deadline to inform them.…
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1/ Seeing this consolidated text being described as intended to "break the deadlock" a lot.

That may be what UK officials are briefing out, but that's not what consolidated texts are typically used for.

A thread.
2/ In a negotiation as complex as this, both sides rock up with their own versions of every paragraph.

So on fisheries you have two documents, both with a paragraph 1, 2, 3, most of which cover identical things, just with different legal language.
3/ For some paragraphs the text is going to be virtually identical and easy to reconcile.

For example, both the EU and UK probably define "fishing vessel" pretty similarly.

Negotiators can agree on a text for that part no problem.
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You're a UK Diplomat.

Asylum seekers currently in France, where their presence has at times been just as politicised, are trying to leave France to head to the UK.

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Ok, to answer some points below:

- Yes, the UK could pull out of the UN Refugee Convention, but that's not the current policy of HMG and diplomats have to work within that.

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