Requoting from another thread
I am re-quoting what I said on the other thread where one of the commentards was accusing Mr Barnier of malice. He is simply doing his job - to deliver a VALID deal.
Any deal which allows UK member-like privileges without any of the checks which are applied by the ECHR and ECJ to members will be successfully challenged in court and declared invalid.
So, unless the UK comes up with some mechanics for checks and balances which are palatable to the EU, there will be absolutely no privileged treatment of UK in any area as there cannot be. Even if it is granted by the commission a Schrem will come along and blow a petard under it.
I have said it before, I will say it again. Davis, May and Boris are trying to put the proverbial donkey behind the proverbial cart. The discussion should START with the definition of the final instance for conflict resolution and compliance checking. Once that is figured out the deal and its scope are plain sailing. If it is not figured out there will be no deal to start off with.
So nothing surprising here and nothing will be fixed because the three blind mice and the one under the control of the potted plants are refusing to deal with the most basic reality of how to fix the whole mess.