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The art of the impossible deal

Whatever her motives, May’s snap election boosts the odds of a workable Brexit

The leaked dinner conversion between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, was the opening round in what will be a tough fight. Juncker said he had become “10 times more pessimistic” after the dinner, a comment best treated as tactical noise. The European Union is a formidable negotiator. Its members have agreed a common position. The EU and the UK differ on issues like the timing of the trade negotiations and money, of course. There will be no early agreement —there never is. Both sides will need to compromise.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Martha Gill and Helen Pidd examine the election chances of the three main political parties. Wheatcroft explores the Tories’ remarkable ability to rise from the ashes and assert dominance, Gill questions why the Lib Dem revival isn’t quite getting off the ground and Pidd examines Labour’s prospects after poor performances in the recent council and mayoral elections. Also in this issue: Christine Ockrent asks if France’s new President Emmanuel Macron can charm the parts of France that didn’t initially vote for him, AC Grayling assesses whether the rise and rise of drone warfare warrants a new ethical code for conflict and Francine Stock explores whether Pixar can continue to captivate modern audiences.
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