Two screenshots taken of the Brexit section of…

Two screenshots taken of the Brexit section of the Guardian’s website. Two articles, side-by-side, with headlines saying the opposite. So, which is it? Will Theresa May find a way to make a deal, or will the UK crash out as Liam Fox claims? The truth most likely falls somewhere in between.

Theresa May needs to magically produce a deal that her extremely divided government will approve, and the EU needs to produce a deal that member states will accept. Both will most likely do this with “fudge” (to add to the endless Brexit food metaphors), meaning, a vague deal.

May benefits from the frightening discussion (finally taking place) about the economic damage of no deal, because anything she brings back will look better. The EU does not want to undermine its four freedoms, but also wants to avoid the economic chaos of no deal. Pushing the details to a later stage also gives the UK more time to politically reverse course. So, no cake, or cherry picking, but definitely more fudge…