Tweet by Dave Keating, Brussels correspondent for France 24
I’m hearing rumours we may see an emergency “temporary #Brexit deal” agreed this week to avoid #NoDeal happening in midst of #COVID19.
If this is true, it’s important to point out that this will *not* be a “deal”.
It’s essentially an extension. The problem doesn’t go away.
Otherwise, we are likely to see the can kicked down the road again and I firmly believe that at the end of the day, both sides will fall back on some technicality to sell a compromise.
A skinny deal excluding the three key outstanding issues (instead postponing them) will allow Boris Johnson to “technically” stick with a Brexit on 1 January 2021 while the EU doesn’t have to move its red lines and be made to look worse off from any deal.