By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) –
Last Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. She ended the 44-year marriage through a six-page hand-delivered letter — who trusts snail mail anymore? — to European Council President Donald Tusk.
The UK has now two years to negotiate an exit agreement.
After being served with the divorce papers, a visibly moved Tusk said: ‘There is nothing to win in this process and I’m talking about both sides. In essence, this is about damage control… We already miss you…’
Both sides are now weighing in on opposite sides of the ring, getting ready for a face-off negotiation that promises to be a rollercoaster.
In one corner, UK negotiator David Davis is preparing for what ‘may be the most complicated negotiation of all time.’
In the other corner, Michel Barnier, the European chief negotiator for Brexit, told the BBC: ‘We’re ready.’
Yet many from Barnier’s side of the ring weren’t as diplomatic.