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And a few years ago, the UK may have had a case - the EU has limited competencies, was riven by disagreements, and was a by-word for procrastination and delay. The largely British led drive to expand eastwards to embrace 10 relatively poor members without reforming rules that required unanimity on many issues meant that little could get done.

The most amazing aspect of the Brexit debacle has been the unity of purpose and competence in execution of the EU side of the negotiations. Brexiteers could be forgiven for having expected a much more divided and weakened EU negotiating stance. Ironically, that unity may well break down when it comes to negotiating a future relationship between the UK and EU with the result that little or no agreement many be possible - a basic, bog standard FTA at best.

Brexit may well turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to the EU...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 12:23:59 PM EST
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