THERESA May’s offer to the EU today looks generous and sensible.
Which is why we reckon Brussels will rubbish it.
To them, Brexit must be painful and costly for Britain, as their chief negotiator Michel Barnier has brazenly now admitted.
Anything we are happy to offer won’t, by definition, be painful or costly enough.
But what Barnier says matters little.
If Angela Merkel and President Macron think it’s reasonable, they can order him to push ahead with free trade talks.
The Sun has been arguing for a short transition period which buys our businesses enough time to plan for life outside the EU.
That seems to us the best route to leaving, with all the opportunities that offers, while minimising any potential economic damage.
But for us there are two red lines:
First, the transition must be strictly limited . . . we MUST leave for good in 2021, with full control of our borders, laws and money. No more postponements.
Mrs May must not let our europhile civil servants kill Brexit with perpetual talks.
Second, our offer is only worth making in exchange for a free trade deal with the EU which starts at the end of the transition and does not shackle us forever to Brussels’ rules.
Both conditions are, commendably, contained in the PM’s Florence speech.
But we are not optimistic Mrs Merkel will agree. At some point we may still have to walk away — and it is vital we are making detailed plans to do so.
Any further compromise risks betraying the referendum result. And 17.4million Brexit voters would never forgive that.
IT is simply terrifying.
With the threat level raised to “critical”, Amazon sold The Sun every part necessary to build a Mother of Satan nail-bomb used by IS.
Try to buy these chemicals over a counter and you are likely to be flagged up to security services. On the lawless web, anything goes.
They were sold to our brand new account and delivered, no questions asked, to an anonymous lockup.
Who at Amazon was going to bat an eyelid without proper checks in place?
Our reporter wouldn’t have known what to look for, of course, without Google providing a bomb-making
manual within minutes. Why, after all the warnings they have had, are Google’s searches still offering them up?
The tech giants, as Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke rightly says, are “aiding and abetting terrorism”.
Unless they clean up their sites fast, Facebook, Google and Twitter may be staring down the barrel of vast criminal penalties and regulation.
Amazon must tighten its rules TODAY — or stand in the dock with them.