European Commission negotiator Michel Barnier sits with Davis in No.10 last month.

Ian Dunt hits the nail on the head very early on in this article.

Pretty much everything ‘Dicky’ David Davis has done as Brexit Secretary may be likened to the things people do when they’re drunk on the weekend.

He doesn’t know what he’s doing at any time, and the claim described in this article shows him up as nothing more than a vacant-minded opportunist, grasping at straws.

That is no way to run a major negotiation with enormous consequences for the UK and the world.

There’ve been a lot of inane responses to the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement.

The dimwittedness of the commentary is quite extraordinary. Very few observers – including the prime minister – seem to even be aware that these were the terms the UK agreed to just three months ago. Complaining about it now is like being outraged by the things you did when you were drunk on the weekend. Just because you didn’t know what you were doing at the time doesn’t mean you didn’t do it.

But arguably the most foolish response came from the Brexit secretary himself, who has, according to the Times and the Sun, written to Tory MPs telling them not to worry about all this Ireland stuff. It’s OK. He’s got this. He has leverage.

It turns out it’s the divorce payment.

Davis wants to use his own failure as negotiating leverage. It would be funny if it wasn’t so maddening.

Source: Davis’ failure is now apparently his greatest weapon

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