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Nicolai von Ondarza @NvOndarza
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UK position paper on transition has leaked here:…

First major discussion point is of course that UK wants #Brexit transition to last until new relationship is in place.

3 things to learn from that:
a) A sense of realism is taking hold in Westminster on #Brexit. As long argued, a time limited transition is dangerous esp. for the UK, as it creates a new cliff edge. There is very little chance of a fully fledged future relationship negotiated, agreed and fully ratified by 2021
b) The EU strategy of making the UK ask for an extension has worked. If the EU had proposed this, it would have seemed like it wants to keep the UK close indefinitely.

Now it is clear that it is the UK, for economic reasons, that needs this potentially very long transition
c) transition has just become much more important - and therefore more difficult to agree.

If there is the - realistic - chance that transition might last well beyond 2020, the rule taker status of the UK is much more difficult to accept
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