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I can just see it now: Brexit talks break down and the UK accuses EU leaders of "playing politics" and being afraid of their own hard right oppositions at home and not having the courage to do the "statesmanlike thing"..

This conveniently forgets the fact that Brexit IS, in essence, a hard right political initiative, and that refusing to concede to UK demands is as legitimate as any political policy especially if it is in the interests of the EU27 as opposed to the UK interest..

The EU 27 leaders have actually been playing this quite smart: staying united, acting schtum and letting the UK body politic tear itself apart all on its own:

Rule 1 of politics:  Never interrupt your opponents when they are busy tearing themselves apart...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 8th, 2017 at 05:48:13 PM EST
The EU 27 leaders have actually been playing this quite smart: staying united, acting schtum and letting the UK body politic tear itself apart all on its own

Sometimes the path of least resistance is not the worst one to take. Imagine the EU27 had to find a more nuanced common position than no talks before official start.

by generic on Sun Jan 8th, 2017 at 06:59:57 PM EST
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This should have been all about the UK dividing and conquering 27 EU leaders with disparate interests.  We'll see how things change as talks progress - or don't - but so far all the recriminations are on the UK side.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 8th, 2017 at 07:29:32 PM EST
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So far, Boris Johson & Theresa May have managed to get the EU27 united... against them.

Things could change of course: there are elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany. In any case, this is going to be long and protracted.

by Bernard on Sun Jan 8th, 2017 at 07:25:53 PM EST
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