Ullamh 5pts "Once the UK sets out its position publicly – by March next year – the ball will be in the EU’s court and that’s when things will really get exciting"?They are going to get exciting long before then, but mainly in the UK.The whole Brexit business is beginning to resemble the movie series "Back to the Future" cf. this EFTA court judge's (Swiss) opinion.https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/01/european-free-trade-area-could-be-uks-best-brexit-option-says-judgeTo use a common EU term, the UK is " demandeur" in this negotiation i.e. supplicant. Every passing day is providing evidence of this.Not that the EFTA option will have any real appeal, precisely because it simply takes the UK back to a former position which it did not find very acceptable.A better analytical approach would be to address the upcoming negotiation in terms of "choke points". The first is the moment that the UK government sets out its broad negotiating objective and the second when it triggers Article 50. Until these are passed, the EU27 will camp on their position. To do anything else would be plain silly. It is the UK that has created the Brexit crisis, as Tusk has pointed out, not the EU27.