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Earlier this month, This Writer stated about Theresa May that she is “so weak and wobbly that, if the other EU leaders blew her a kiss, she would probably fall over”.

It appears I was right – although it was David Davis on the receiving end.

Mr Davis went into the talks demanding concurrent talks over the so-called ‘divorce’ arrangements – how the UK withdraws from the EU – and trade.

He told us all that, if the EU demurred, it would trigger the “row of the summer”.

It didn’t. The EU said Davis couldn’t dictate the timing of negotiations and he accepted it. He fell over.

So much for the “row of the summer”. That phrase is now reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s “mother of all battles”. Remember that?

Davis is now saying his about-turn is consistent with his Conservative non-government’s objectives. Nonsense.

So now any trade deal is entirely dependent on the terms of the ‘divorce’. If the EU doesn’t get the terms it wants, you can bet the UK won’t get the trade deal it needs.

This first decision has revealed the true power dynamic, as Ian Dunt has described it on politics.co.uk – all the power is in the hands of the EU.

Digby Jones on the BBC’s Daily Politics tried to smooth over the issue by saying the UK could regain the initiative by saying we will formalise the legal status of EU citizens living in the UK – because that would put the ball in the EU’s court. What will the EU do?

But that is still a concession.

The UK is on the back foot. We have no negotiating power at all.

That is the fact of our decision to leave the EU.

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