This is the squaring of the circle. While Theresa May’s door at arm’s agreement with the Europeans to whom she has given the green light last week and that it will be this Wednesday in Brussels to discuss future relations between the european Union and the United Kingdom, it is now Madrid that threatens to say “no” to the Brexit because of the protocol on Gibraltar and some of the members of the Twenty-Seven who are pushing to improve the reporting on relationships in the future.

“The declaration is supposed to provide a positive element to Theresa May in its internal discussion. But what is positive in the United Kingdom is not necessarily on the side of the european Union,” says an eu diplomat. The negotiator-in-chief Michel Barnier and his team have seen an increase in these last days the requests made by several of the ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven, relayed Monday by the ministers of european Affairs met in Brussels.

To hear a member of the Commission, this …

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