|Mrs May accelerated proceedings last night over coffee and chocolates at the EU summit. The media gleefully reported that her offer of permanent residency rights to those EU citizens who have lived in the UK for five years or more went down badly. They have largely failed to point out, now that EU leaders are locked in a negotiation it is fully expected for them to take umbrage with every British proposal, and indeed, for our leaders to do so in turn. The ridiculous demand by the EU for the European Court of Justice to act as the guardian of citizens’ rights is a tactic to leverage some type of arbitration, no more.
Business in Brussels was punctuated by the Queen’s speech on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, none of the manifesto items that had helped the Tories lose their majority made the cut. Virtually the only bills on the table carry the people’s stamp of approval. The Repeal Bill (no longer great apparently), together with acts on customs, trade, immigration, agriculture, fisheries, nuclear safeguards and international sanctions, will enable the UK to transition smoothly out of its current guise as a semi-colony of Brussels.