Businesses should not just be looking to blame the UK government over the stalling Brexit talks, Brussels has an even larger share of the blame to shoulder.

Businesses having a go at Theresa May over the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations won't help anything says the Sun, what they should be doing is taking an angry pop at the European Union.

"Rather than ramping up Project Fear: The Sequel, bosses must demand that Brussels starts negotiating in good faith to keep trade ties with the world’s fifth largest economy." It says.

And goes on to say exactly what I've said before; that the EU appears to be more intent on preserving the structure of the EU machine than of looking after the economies of its member states and the true interests of their citizens.

And as an example, Wolfgang Munchau writing in the FT points out that the German car industry exported a huge 769,000 vehicles to the UK last year. Much more than the 494,000 it sent to the US and the 258,000 that went to China.

And with the recent Daimler-Benz profit warning coupled with an upcoming increase in Chinese tariffs on Mercedes cars imported into China from the US and the looming US/EU trade war as well as the potential huge costs from the emissions scandal, now is not the time to be forcing the UK to the cliff edge as that could be disastrous for the German car economy, he says.

And Doug Nicholls writing in the Morning Star says that the EU is now on the back foot and now that the EU Withdrawal Bill has been tidied away, we should be pressing home our advantage.

And he also pinpoints Germany as the trading Achilles heel for the EU here, saying that half of the £70 billion trade deficit the UK has with the EU is actually a trade deficit we have with Germany.

The EU is now collapsing, he says, and the 30,000 lobbyists for huge corporations that really run Brussels are panicking.

He also says that paying an exit fee to the EU should be re-thought as we need the money here in the UK to rebuild our own industry and infrastructure. After all, he says, the EU will only:

"….press ahead with the single EU army, dump more foodstuffs in Africa to thwart domestic agriculture and exacerbate famines, pay off the spectacular salaries and pensions its over-bloated EU bureaucracy pen pushers enjoy and transport tons of unnecessary paperwork for no good reason between Strasbourg and Brussels so it can debate much ado about nothing."

And writing in Brexit Central, the Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Julian Jessop, asks whether the UK should in fact be attaching conditions to this so-called £39 billion Brexit Divorce Bill.

He tries to sit on the fence a bit and just be asking the question, while making the case for both sides.

He does though say that, if we can't get a long term free trade deal, then we should consider keeping back anything more than that required for the transition period and he suggests a sum of about £16 billion.

As far as I'm concerned, because the EU has said no to every reasonable thing the UK has suggested, we should be threatening to keep back all the money.

That £39 billion, which was foolishly agreed to, is part of an all or nothing agreement, we pay when everything is agreed not bit by bit as and when the fancy takes the EU that they want some.

Keep that lock on the Treasury door.

Now to Italy.

Many may be pleased to hear that the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, appears to be playing hard-ball with the EU.

But what he is actually arguing for in reality means more Brussels.

He's put forward the "European Multilevel Strategy for Migration", which would trash the long established Dublin agreement on refugees claiming asylum in the first safe country they come to.

Conte's proposal also makes the European Union a single country as far as migration across the water from Africa is concerned, with member states having funds withheld unless they comply and take a share of migrants.

The headache for the EU here is that some EU countries are refusing to take any migrants that have come to them via routes through other EU countries and this puts pressure on the Schengen zone free movement agreement.

But Conte's plan goes a long way towards what Brussels actually wants as an endgame anyway – total central control of migration. So privately Eurocrats must be extremely pleased that they now have a supposed anti-EU maverick government publicly on their side.

Just remember that back in Aug 2015, the Guardian reported that Germany and France were already suggesting the setting up of EU migrant reception camps in Italy and Greece.

And back in 2017, the EU ordered Eastern European Union states to take their fair share via an ECJ ruling.

But far from acting like independent Eurosceptics, the Italian government now seems to be saying that it will open its borders to African migrants as long as the EU lets the newcomers roam where they will within the EU. That sounds more pro than anti-EU to me.

So Italy and the EU seem to be singing from the same, long term hymn sheet. Not, I think, what we or the Italian voters were led to believe. Games within games perhaps?

And finally here's a letter that every Brexiteer would want to receive and comment upon.

It transpires that, according to the political commentator Guido Fawkes, Anna Soubry's Conservative Party Constituency Association Chairman, Cllr Dr John Doddy, has been sending out letters to his members asking whether they are happy with their MP.

As Guido says, Association chairmen do not do this if they are happy with their MP.

This it appears will be a battle of letters as Guido says that Soubry has also sent out letters to her constituency party members.

And he publishes one response to Dr Doddy's survey, which says that the respondent will not vote Conservative or campaign in Broxtowe until Soubry is gone.

Wonder how long she'll last?

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