1. EU Top priority - don’t add to Johnson’s attempts to wreck Withdrawal Agreement. WA is best hope for island of Ireland, UK/EU citizens who’ve moved and much more.
2. EU Immediate - find & focus on the actual threats in the Bill & amendments to NI’s place in Single Market (not the rhetoric). Make sure Tory rebels recognise these & Johnson knows the risks of using them.
3. Use WA dispute resolution mechanisms - bring UK before CJEU for infringing WA and use dispute resolution mechanisms.
4. Prepare for trade conflict. Johnson regime will need to keep feeding their ultras - and they think UK can beat EU in a trade war. So be ready for UK performative attacks at flash points: fishing... Gibraltar... migrants dumped at night on French coast.
5. See Johnson regime as like Orbán’s, but without the realpolitik (for now). Corrupt, self-interested, dishonest, looking to Putin.

Things can get worse - much worse.
6. Johnson only understands power - not co-operation or good faith. And he doesn’t yet know how much (or little) power UK has vis-a-vis EU. Unfortunately he’s on course to find out - and sooner may serve EU better than later. //

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