The Sound of Europe is over, and I am sat in the relative silence of the press centre as the delegates leave the place. I can’t really write any profound analysis here and now. I am utterly gutted and drained by all of the events this morning. Barroso was however brilliant, but the rest of the politicians were mediocre. Toscani was brutally honest as we had hoped (see previous entry) – that was refreshing. But here I am in the middle of all this, capable of doing so much yet in a position here to do nothing. It’s shattering, gutting and depressing. This conference has for me struck a sour note. More later, when I have reflected on all of this.
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Narrator: Nick Timothy (who has zero legal qualifications) is talking nonsense. The EU position has always been that it can't finalise and conclude agreements with the UK on the future relationship before Brexit Day (para 5, Brexit negotiating guidelines): https://t.co/UIhiA3sAID https://t.co/g1WnnzSnwk
Even *if* UK were to leave the EU on 31st October, surely maintaining the best possible relationships until then would make sense?
Pulling UKRep staff from Council Working Groups now is ridiculous. Gather all the information you can, while you still can!
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