David Davis scrambles to salvage EU relations after ‘damaging trust’

From The Guardian: David Davis’s claim that the UK’s concessions in an agreement to move on the Brexit negotiations were merely a statement of intent has damaged trust and will see a hardening of positions in Brussels, the European parliament’s coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, has said.

The former Belgian prime minister claimed the Brexit secretary’s comments over the weekend were “unacceptable”, and undermined confidence in the British government’s trustworthiness.

The member states will now agree a tougher wording in their guidelines about the next stage of the talks, due to be signed off at a summit of leaders on Friday, Verhofstadt said.

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“Ignore Boris Johnson”, Foreign Office officials tell Irish government

From Sky News: Boris Johnson is being actively undermined by officials within his own department over Brexit negotiations, it can be revealed.

Sky News has learnt that Foreign Office officials told Ireland’s Government “not to listen to whatever he had to say” ahead of Mr Johnson’s visit to Dublin a few weeks ago.

Extraordinarily, officials in Whitehall were very open with their counterparts in the Irish capital to “ignore the public utterances” of Britain’s chief diplomat.

Ahead of the visit, Irish officials were told “not to mind a word of what he says” – implying the Foreign Secretary was not speaking on behalf of the UK Government.

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Tory Brexit Secretary boasts about knowledge of EU countries then talks about “Czechoslovakia”

david davis czechoslovakiaFrom Pride’s Purge:David Davis, the man who is supposed to be in charge of Britain’s disastrous Brexit negotiations, is so incompetent he hasn’t noticed Czechoslovakia has not existed since 1993: ‘We’ve got a pretty good idea of what the economic interests are of every single member state. Germany, Austria, Holland and Czechoslovakia are all without governments at the moment.’

“To make matters worse, the embarrassing error came while bungling Davis was boasting about how he and his team ‘have a good knowledge of what European countries want’ from Brexit.

“And yes – the Czechs, Slovaks and other European countries have noticed what a blundering idiot our chief negotiator is – and they are openly laughing at us.”

[Read full post on Pride’s Purge…]

Key line of Theresa May’s conference speech stolen from TV programme

Sky News presented video evidence that a key line of Theresa May‘s comedy act – sorry, party conference speech – was nicked off TV show The West Wing.

#ToryPlagiarism #ToryCluelessness: Video evidence that a key line of #TheresaMay's comedy act – sorry, conference speech – was nicked off TV show The West Wing.

Posted by Stop the Tories Channel on Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Journalist of the year: “Our foreign secretary is an international joke”

Rachel Sylvester, the Political Studies Association’s 2016 Journalist of the Year, writes in the Times: “According to diplomatic sources, even officials at the Trump White House ‘don’t want to go anywhere near Boris Johnson because they think he’s a joke’. If that seems ironic, one minister says: ‘It’s worse in Europe. There is not a single foreign minister there who takes him seriously. They think he’s a clown who can never resist a gag.’

[Link to full article in The Times…] (paywalled, but registration allows two free articles per month)