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From Andrew Rawnsley’s Observer column. Look: everyone in the UK seems to think we are still in Brexit crisis mode, where the European Council would regularly step in to unblock things. We are not. Brexit has happened. This is now a trade negotiation with a non-EU country. >
> As such it has a completely different dynamic, one very familiar to the EU, we do this all the time. The UK has not remotely begun to digest the facts of life in this new reality. Whining about “sovereign equals” cuts no ice in the EU & sounds needy & desperate back home. >
> An EU-UK agreement is a big enough deal for it to reach member states’ leaders desks, for sure - but it is still an EU deal with a non-EU country. If you want to understand the politics of that, look at what happened with TTIP. >
> The UK has manoeuvred itself into the position of supplicant, whether it likes to admit it or not. The politics of this in the EU are more like TTIP or CETA than the desperate German car exporters of Brexiter fantasies. National leaders won’t ride to the UK’s rescue. /FIN
PS - I feel the need to add a link to this recent thread/rant on the same topic.
PPS - this prompted a blog post. Brexit is both an event (that occurred on 31/1/2020) and a process (which never ends). To those who feel that Brexit still hasn’t really happened, the way you can tell is this: we gave up control.…
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