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May 19 โ€ข 11 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
So, exceptionalist Andrew is back with the Extrawurst manifesto as a reply.

I've stitched it together for you're reading pleasure.

Let's deal with these claims les uns aprรจs les autres ๐Ÿ˜‰

A ๐Ÿงต Image No, the British people should not just accept things. But the time to say so was before the votes in 2016, 17 and esp. 19, when the electorate approved the current deal.

It's not our job to fix things for you now.

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May 13 โ€ข 8 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
Really interesting discussion over the weekend about the UK electorate's responsibility for the loss of European citizenship rights via Brexit.

If we accept that the electorate is not responsible for Brexit* then can from who do you expect restoration of your citizenship?

1 If the UK electorate is not responsible, can we say that they don't need to change with regard to their attitude to Europe, to the community? That it was all someone else's fault?

May 11 โ€ข 18 tweets โ€ข 3 min read
Absorbing interview with @HeleneBismarck on @SnellArthur 's podcast.

She comes across as a very clear thinker, which makes for good listening.

A lot to get your teeth into. Summary of some points (and one slight disagreement)

๐Ÿงต Ms Bismarck states she is seen in Germany as an Anglophone nostalgic. She is most definitely a friend of the UK.

On this (my thoughts, not hers) I do wish the Brexit and rejoin debates would take more time to talk to Europeans on the situation.

May 10 โ€ข 14 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
There is a need to address this article and point made by Peter Cook in @BylinesScotland as regards UK accession to Europe, Schengen, and the euro.

A ๐Ÿงตโ€ฆ Firstly, these things are not myths. Euro and Schengen are set out in the acquis, which the UK would have to adopt to join Europe.

Monetary union is even in the Copenhagen Criteria. Before the process begins properly.

Unless the intention is to lie to Europe, it's nailed on.

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May 8 โ€ข 15 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
Interesting article from @DrStephanieLuke regarding whether Europe wants the UK back.

The answer should not perhaps be "Yes, but..."

A ๐Ÿงต
(h/t @LittleGravitas)โ€ฆ
Image Firstly, it should be remembered, Europe is an enormously complex polity, with different counties, groupingings of states, and stakeholders, spread over a wide geographic area.

It's yes and no for that reason.

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May 6 โ€ข 16 tweets โ€ข 6 min read
Quite a mixed reaction to my thread over the weekend on rejoin organisations getting behind Schengen and Europe.

Let's talk about the how the naysayers are wrong, that's it's time now to make the case for the whole acquis, using the example of... Guinness.

A๐Ÿงต Image The reaction to this was either: we agree and we do;

or you're an idiot and there's no point in talking about the negatives of European accession. Better focus on the positives.


May 4 โ€ข 15 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
Are #rejoinEU campaigners serious about Europe?

As frustrating as UK politics is, everyone knows the direction or travel is towards Europe. That will involve winning a referendum well on the substance of the acquis.

A๐Ÿงต Europe's core is essentially monetary union, Schengen, and the four freedoms (for now - defence may be a much bigger area soon).

In order to win well, campaigners should be planting the Schengen seeds, say, early. So how positive have the rejoin leaders been?

Apr 29 โ€ข 20 tweets โ€ข 7 min read
ร€ core part of Labour's "make Brexit work" agenda is SPS. Yet there is a flaw at the core of this.

To see it, let's look at the Irish Sugar company.

A ๐Ÿงต

๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ Image What are we talking about here. SPS are the sanitary and phytosanitary arrangements including checks within and between jurisdictions on food.

Labour plans to expand the TCA to reduce checks on UK products coming to Europe.


๐˜ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต Image
Apr 25 โ€ข 14 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
The reaction to both the developments in the Gib-Europe relationship and the proposal by the Commission for youth mobility with the UK is instructive.

It is the Swissification of the UK-Europe relationship.

1 Image As @chrisgreybrexit points out, the end of the Gib negotiations is the end of the first phase of Brexit, the A49 and negotiations begun prior to leaving have finished.

The new phase is Swissification.


Apr 14 โ€ข 11 tweets โ€ข 3 min read
ร€ deal looks close on Gibraltar and relations with Europe.

The Telegraph's take is quite instructive.

Bound up in it is all the complexes vis-ร -vis Europe.

But behind the noise, there is a lesson here for third countries.

1 Image Firstly, Spain is a Nato member, as are most European MSs. Britain owning the Gib base makes no difference. It would be the same if Italy or the US or France or Spain were administering it from a Nato perspective.

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Apr 11 โ€ข 12 tweets โ€ข 3 min read
Another attack on Schengen from the UK. Quite an unusual one this time, in the DT: Schengen is "unromantic".

Let's be honest here. The problem for these people is our unity.

Short ๐Ÿงต Image We see this all the time from the holiday-home 'Ndrangheta and their articles in the Mail, Express, Majorca Bulletin or another Europhobic publication of choice, demanding and end to unified visa waivers so Britons can have another nice holes and six G&Ts

Apr 8 โ€ข 20 tweets โ€ข 7 min read
I have been thinking about this and some of the reaction to this. Let me expand.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ? A ๐Ÿงต

(I am sure I will miss stuff, of course, based on recollection, so fill in where I have it wrong) Firstly some context: Europe was not paradise, but it had had huge achievements since foundation not long after the War. In particular, the leaps forward of the customs union, the single market, Schengen and the euro took vision and determination.

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Apr 3 โ€ข 12 tweets โ€ข 3 min read
@FT have produced an interesting video on Brexit. Some comments in a ๐Ÿงต

Firstly, on sovereignty, you can really get a sense that the choice is hurtling down the track in so many areas:

"sovereignty" v. economic survival


As Anna points out, the businesses interviewed simply don't care about this C19th idea of sovereignty (the UK will remain sovereign, just as Norway or MSs)

But the choice is going to be, even on SPS, following rules with (nearly) no say or dying


Apr 2 โ€ข 12 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
Article in the @euroweeklynews that I missed. Is this publication part of some sort of pan-Europhobia expat front?

Worthwhile correcting some of the many falsehoods and half truths contained within.

1โ€ฆ Let's start with this. While it's true that it is Spain's agreed rule with the 26 other members states, it is a rule. It is certainly not guidance.

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Mar 25 โ€ข 18 tweets โ€ข 6 min read
Ed Davey going all in on EEA last week has turned heads. EEA is now on the agenda for UK pols.

But it has provoked lively debate (I'll tag some involved at the end) and divided Europeans somewhat.

I have a modest proposal.

A ๐Ÿงต EEA essentially is a version of the single market without some key elements. It has become a comfortable home for three non-European states, Liechtenstein, and two Nordics, Iceland and Norway.

Mar 21 โ€ข 12 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
The #exceptionalists claim that they don't demand exceptional treatment, that they don't want to damage Schengen, that they just want to rejoin Europe.

Is that true?

Let's examine the anatomy of the x-ceptionalist xenomorph.

A ๐Ÿงต Image Let's remind ourselves of what European law actually says: the *maximum* is 90/180; there are no exceptions for holiday homes.

Schengen only works because we apply common standards across the union since it came into force.

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Mar 11 โ€ข 4 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
Very interesting article in the Times of London on where Labour is at regarding Europe.

This will not be smooth. There is going to be a period of faffing about while Labour gets to understand Europe.

1 Image ร€ worrying lack of ambition, and still the Tory-Brexiter redlines.

If people vote for this, they have been well warned.

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Mar 11 โ€ข 13 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
I see a lot of people on Twitter, a certain type of pro-European if you will, complaining that Europe is denying Britons their "acquired rights".

By this they mean their rights of citizenship, in particular FOM.

But is this the case?

A ๐Ÿงต Image Of course, this question was examined by courts in several jurisdictions, including the UK and at the ECJ, without success. No court held that Britons had acquired rights to FOM in Europe.

Mar 5 โ€ข 24 tweets โ€ข 8 min read
Paper by @AndrewDuffEU on setting out a programme for joining Europe.

First thing to say, this is far more structured thinking that the norm in mainstream UK politics and, mostly, interacts with the reality of what Europe is.

Were Labour proposing this, it'd be quite solid

๐Ÿงต Image I have stated in the past, much like with Darwinian theory, that any evolution in the relationship has to be an improvement on the last *in and of itself* for Europe.

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Feb 12 โ€ข 11 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
I wrote a thread yesterday on the displacement going on on rejoin circles, that Brexit was not the fault of voters, but of "outside" forces like the UK Parliament.

Replies were clear. Not only are people unwilling to take responsibility for Brexit...

They actively blame Europe for the the consequences of their decision.


Feb 6 โ€ข 9 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
Two slightly related pieces that I read today:

@davidmcw in the Irish Times and
Thomas Samson for Encompass

Both set out the whole that the UK is in.

A ๐Ÿงต
Mr McWilliams's piece looks at the where the UK is at in the Brexit process but how Brexit is damaging life on a micro level.

Not just broken, but broke.

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