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I have little doubt that Juncker's "Presidential Order" is a political decision rather than a legal one, but that is his job: to make political decisions.  It's not like he or the other EU leaders can be legally forced to begin negotiations with the UK prior to A50, or even to negotiate in good faith if they did decide to do so.

Far from demonstrating Juncker's "antagonistic style and bombastic rhetoric" it demonstrates Juncker's determination to operate the negotiations within the legal framework - A50 - expressly provided for that purpose.  It is the idea that the EU should be forced to negotiate outside the EU's legal framework for doing so that demonstrates an "antagonistic style and bombastic rhetoric" on the part of the complainants.

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