Delay and to avoid confrontation is a tactic that goes back to the second Punic war 218 to 201 BC between Rome and Carthage. Rome had suffered three defeats, and in the last at Canae they had lost 750000 men. They never faced Hannibal again in Italy for next 16 years. The Roman Senate appointed one Fabius Maximus known as the delayer.He fought a guerrilla war against Hannibal in Italy for 14 years but died before Hannibal was finally defeated Hannibal at Zama in North Africa by Scipio.
These are the tactics May is following which I am sure that classical scholar BoJO is well aware. He knows May is just wearing the Leavers down. The giveaway is that May has not ordered preparations for no deal. This is just waving the white flag to Barnier with a nudge nudge wink wink we will cave in if he continues to play hard ball. Without showing we have serious plans for no deal our attempts at negotiations are bound to fail
Guido brilliantly summed up the strategy below
In the run up to WWII HMG had not ordered any aircraft. It was UK manufacturers who saved us . Without them