John Downing: 'Brexit 'fudge' is almost set - but will London find it edible at last?'
It has been all about giving Northern Ireland some special status without making it look like the North was exiting the EU on different terms to England, Scotland or Wales. That is how things remain. There might be a special EU summit later this month, possibly on November 21, depending on how London reacts to the latest development.
There is a very strong chance, however, that the EU's great tradition in fudge-making will continue. A compromise may be found in the home of the political compromise, Brussels.
The question remains, as it has been for many months; can Theresa May sell this deal in London? Otherwise put, will this Brussels fudge be edible on the other side of the English Channel.