The mainstream media has spent the last several months howling and foaming at the mouth over Trump, Roy Moore, and Russia, so you could be forgiven for forgetting about Brexit as it was moved off the front pages.

The latest on the Brexit talks is that, well, the British are still trying to get a trade deal and the EU is trying to make an example of Britain to scare any other potential dissenters:

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The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK.

Mr Barnier was talking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche days after giving the UK a two-week deadline to clarify key issues.

Failing to reach an agreement was not his preferred option, he stressed.

The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis has said it is time for both sides “to work to find solutions”.

On Friday, Mr Davis insisted good progress was being made across the board, and that the negotiations had narrowed to a “few outstanding, albeit important, issues”.

As long as the EU is fixated on making Britain pay a gigantic “exit fee,” the talks are never going to go anywhere, which was the point of it being proposed. I think the British attempt to move onto trade deals will not solve anything until the talk of a penalty is explicitly dropped by the EU.

 
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