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The Commission cannot do anything to undermine the Single Market and Customs Union because they were set up by Treaties signed by 28 sovereign governments. Even a relatively minor change would require unanimous agreement by those 28 governments, and in some countries, like Ireland, that would in turn require a referendum to approve the Treaty change.
There simply isn't time to organise that level of change, and even if there were, would the UK really wish to be held hostage to a referendum in Ireland and some other countries?
So what the UK calls the Commission's "inflexibility" is really the Commission sticking to the actual mandate it has been given by 27 governments within the framework of existing laws and Treaties. These cannot be simply wished away.
So not only is this a contest between unequal economic powers, it is conflict between two different kinds of powers: one without a written constitution and a great deal of power vested in its Prime Minister, cabinet, and civil service, and the other which needs to conform to previously enacted laws and maintain a consensus between 27 member governments and various other institutions and interests if it is to be able to operate at all.
EU leaders were willing to give Theresa May as much PR cover as they could, recognising her difficult domestic political situation, all on the basis that she would ultimately conceded a deal they could live with in due course.
But then she had a breakfast meeting with a young, brash, leader of a small state and former colony who saw no reason to allow her to renege on previous commitments and put his country's peace, stability and prosperity at risk just because she had done a dirty deal with a small, corrupt, sectarian party in N. Ireland.
That is not going to change.
Index of Frank's Diaries
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