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It's hard to blame the EU when it has twice given an A.50 extension and when you haven't even met any EU leaders to persuade them to change something in the Withdrawal Agreement. The whole point of the burgeoning "do deal" movement is that they want "a clean break" and no further "entanglement" with the EU whatsoever.

Of course it will be all the EU's fault when UK/EU trade breaks down altogether because "they hate us for our freedom" and they "want to punish Britain" and because they can't compete with Great Britain in a free trade world. The EU will be portrayed as an extension of the Soviet Union (or a fourth Reich) opposed to "western" ideas of free-wheeling capitalism.

With a radically devalued Pound and eviscerated workers rights, consumer protections, and environmental standards the UK may even "succeed" for a while, until they realise there is no competing with Singapore and the far east, no matter how far down your wages go and how many Billionaires, Oligarchs and tin-pot dictators you can attract to your shores. Rampant internal inequality and social unrest, not to mention the break-up of the Union is what will bring the whole thing crashing down.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 13th, 2019 at 08:45:04 AM EST
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"It's hard to blame the EU"

The Brexiteers don't mind hard work. In fact, the spin is already in. The UK has made "common-sense" suggestions (the backstop is dead, anyone can see that) that the EU refuses to recognize and will not negotiate on.

Agreed, when the shit hits the fan there'll be nowhere to run to beyond blaming the Soviet EU bloc.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Aug 13th, 2019 at 08:56:42 AM EST
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Seems to me the EU would ignore any blame directed in its direction, and turn aside to focus on EU problems. What do they care about blame? It's just an internal English political scoring point.
by asdf on Thu Aug 15th, 2019 at 03:57:24 PM EST
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