(Original post by hannah00)
EU27 have easier negotiation position because brexit deal wont really affect them so they dont have as much of internal consideration, and just favouring the default
Well if it does not really affect them what makes anyone think they have any need to agree to anything we want.
It does affect them but individually, on a country by country basis, a border with tariffs hits us far harder than it hits them.
Falling into WTO tariffs and no regulatory agreement re products/standards re goods will be bad, no agreement re cross border services catastrophic re our circa £59 billion a year sales of services into the EU.
There were glimmers in May's speech re the Customs Partnership angle, recognition that no two trading blocks have ever managed a comprehensive agreement re financial services (39% of our services exported in the first 9 months of 2017 went into the EU) and an acknowledgement that further discussions would take place with the irish and EU re the border issues there, but beyond that little of substance re details, we got given what she wants but are not much nearer seeing how she proposes to get there, her speech was in some ways more trying to but the more strident pro Brexit part of her party back in the box.
Come likely April-June , barring some certainties/agreement, the financial institutions trading into the EU from the UK have to really start implementing their plan B proposals, they will need the time to get EU regulatory approvals in place to be in a position to carry on their within EU activities after 29th March 2019.
A limited few have done this to date, on a reduced scale, but vast numbers more will likely follow in the absence of something more positive than a mission statement re a transition deal post march 2019 which is now less than thirteen months away.
She has no more time to remain on the fence, she needs to place before the EU concrete proposals re the "how" rather than keep bleating about what she wants, her five guiding ideals are mere fluff.