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Some of the countries most sympathetic to the UK's concerns have been the Baltic republics, once part of the Soviet Union and other eastern Europe countries.

Hunt's casual comment didn't go down well in these quarters. Not at all.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, a Lithuanian European commissioner:

Estonia's ambassador to the UK:

Baiba Braže, Latvia's ambassador to the UK:

Former Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski‏:

by Bernard on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 09:12:19 PM EST
Of all people ... former British citizen and CIA agent Radek Sikorski wising up? I doubt it, after all Poland needs the likes of UK and US Conservatives in their offensive against Russia and its presence still felt in the former East bloc nations.

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 09:37:17 PM EST
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Unfortunately, the Tory party has always been far too ready to be influenced by the GOP and its more sinister paymasters. Scratch any UK conservative thinktank and it will be awash with US seed money and influence.

Even the spokespeople on the BBC for the "Institute of Economic Affairs" and other influential thinktanks are yanks. It's like they don't allow Brits on to speak for the right wing anymore unless they're MPs.

So, sub-Trumpian bollocks from Boris and now Hunt are the only things that resonate with the dingbat membership. Logic, knowledge and history are suspect and subject ot revision if deemed inconvenient. Michael Gove said he was not interested in hearing from experts on various subjects, cos facts. Seems like this was just an admission of actual custom and practice within the Tory party.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 10:19:56 AM EST
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Jeremy Hunt's comments are particularly unfortunate for the British cause. If the UK has support in the EU27, it is mostly in Ireland and eastern European members who joined the EU at least partly as a means of moving away from Russian hegemony. These, often far right movements, have seen the UK as a proxy for the USA and a bulwark against Russia. It is no accident that many of the more right wing parties in Eastern Europe are allied with the Tories in the European Parliament. For the UK Tories to now denigrate their continued membership of the EU as tantamount to appeasement of of a Soviet style EU is about as insulting as you can get. Expect the negotiating climate to turn particularly frosty in Brussels...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 02:37:34 PM EST
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