"Are you serious?"
Labor and the Conservatives are asking the same question separately tonight ̵
Guess, just for a change, the leadership of the two major parties in Westminster is experiencing intense tensions on their front and back banks.
Both have reasons to come together in these bipartisan talks, but both sides have reasons to be cautious. In truth, both sides are serious that they could possibly take a deal seriously, but the hurdles are considerable.
The Tories still have no clear promise to pursue a customs union.
The sources familiar with the talks, stating that the focus is on now, is to try to point out to Labor that the existing deal has the potential to shape that kind of arrangement in the future.
Irony of irony, the Bac kstop that the government has protested for so long, provides the basis for this very kind of relationship with the EU in the long run.
That's why the Brexiteers hated it so much because they feared (rightly so)
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For the prime A minister who openly pursues such an agreement is already provoking anger in parts of his party – although it is now remarkable how frustrated Tory's deputies are on the street somewhere – fed up with what they consider to be see both "extremes" that robs the oxygen and the holding stops everything.
But until Theresa May is ready to commit herself to customs, it's hard to understand how Labor would be prepared to sign on the dotted line.
Although the two sides will meet again in the next 24 hours, Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his view that the government has not moved any of these red lines.
And even if that happened, there are (at least!) Two more big blocks of success.
There is deep concern in the Labor Party that one can rely on the agreed trust.
The government has already promised that it could amend the law to give guarantees in the Brexit Implementation Act.
But both sides are too private, even if they come up with a kind of "lock", it is simply not possible to exclude a future prime minister, who breaks off the deal.
In another era, this may not be such a problem.
The Prime Minister has already said that it will stop once the deal is completed.
Of course, Labor MEPs are very concerned about how the promises made in these talks could last.
Whether the next leader is Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt or, frankly, the Queen of Sheba – it's about the consistency of every promise.
And, as far as I understand, even the two groups with serious intentions, from today's perspective, have not been able to find a formula that defends against it.
Secondly, officials and politicians have spoken in the discussions about the possibility of another referendum on the EU – whether you call. It is a "confirmatory vote", a "ratifying referendum" or a "referendum" – another opportunity for all of us to have a say.
This was not a big focus of the talks – it seems to be a topic that was danced around the edges.
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Here's the thing: a strong part of the Labor Party is adamant that they will only support a deal if it promises another referendum.
And this opinion among the Labor backbenches has hardened lately and not weakened weeks.
Even if the conversations can be all about the customs puzzle and then find a "barrier" to satisfy Labor with all the promises, there is a third profound dilemma. Number 19 always has It was abundantly clear that the Prime Minister believes that this is a nightmare that should not be considered.
The problem with these talks is that for a large part of the parliamentary Labor Party this is the dream they are pursuing.
There are others who disagree and do not agree. 19659007] But to get this process going, the Labor Party votes can not be cast in one big part.
With great political imagination and ingenuity (whose mother, according to all they say, is a necessity, and it is certainly a necessity at the moment), it is of course possible that this process could get there.
In This Tedious Process Many things that seemed impossible can happen in the end.
But just as both sides are serious in these talks, the problems are serious too.