EU leaders have been endlessly repeating that the binding part of the Brexit deal as it was negotiated by Theresa May in November 2018 was not up for negotiation. Yet in the end, that’s what happened. Given the challenges of “no deal”, the incomplete preparations for it on both sides, and how it could easily escalate into a blame game, this was a welcome development and a UK “win” in itself.
A revised agreement was approved by EU leaders at the latest European Council last week. But what were the individual wins for the two negotiating teams?