This is how you do negotiations. You say sure, we want to do a deal, let’s talk. And you make clear that if the deal is not to your liking then you’ll storm off in a huff and look, look, here’s the alternative we prepared earlier out of the sticky back plastic.
Boris Johnson has left the door open to coming out of the EU on World Trade Organization terms next year, after his foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said it was “absolutely” right to keep a no-deal outcome on the table in trade talks.
The prime minister was grilled about Raab’s statement after his cabinet minister appeared to let slip the government’s negotiating plans in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday.
Johnson shook his head as it was mentioned but then three times declined the opportunity to refute Raab’s position or to tell businesses to stop their no-deal planning.
That’s simply how you do that making a deal stuff. Have an extreme position which you must be tempted in from. How else does anyone think it is done?