So "?" it is. However ...
Publication of the Boris Plan does seem to have characteristics of the starting-whistle of the End Game. Immediately rubbished by the other side before they'd even read it; and statements like "we'll have to see how far they are willing to move on this before we go any further" - those are classic gambits from Negotiating 1.01. So much, so risible from the EC etc. The more important factors, IMHO, are these:
- it plays to the rapidly streamlining moods of the hour, which I would characterise as (a) Revoke Now (© J.Swinson); (b) Get It Done (© B.Johnson); (c) errrr... (© S.Milne).
- [note that I don't list No Deal Now Or We'll Drag Everything Down To The Bottomless Pit, © contested between ERG and N.Farage. Haven't heard very much of that just recently]
- the players that matter for its success have (apparently) been squared away: ERG, DUP (& maybe a handful of Labour MPs?). For myself, with total lack of any inside information, Farage is an open issue in this regard [see above & below]
- Corbyn has done nothing more subtle than reject it outright on the spot, and in so doing, tried to bundle up all Labour MPs into this rejection with a whisk of his hand - i.e. he has responded exactly as expected which means exactly as catered for
- the Pure Malice faction will be attempting to get a 100%, un-nuanced, total and utter rejection from the whole of the EU 27 and every organ of the EC. That might cloud the issue if it's put to a Commons vote
- as stated here several times of late, the Grieve-Starmer-Bercow faction have proved to be fairly ingenious, and will be on the task 24/7. Can't be sure (again, from my position of ignorance) what other outrageous parliamentary tactics they may try
- SC seems willing to opine on whether government actions are in good faith or not - and everyone's screaming "Boris is acting in Bad Faith"
Anyhow, that's my weekend summary. Yours?