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Yes - I should have said that as well. EU officials tend to be quite punctilious about dealing only with elected governments of member states, thus no talks/recognition of Catalonia or Scotland. Barnier has met with some Remainer opposition politicians, but also offered to meet Farage when he protested. Governments are quite jealous of protecting their prerogative to be the only voice representing their country at official/diplomatic/political levels.  All else can be construed as "interfering in the internal affairs of a member state", something the Commission can only officially do if mandated by a Treaty.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 11:49:54 AM EST
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