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Frank: look forward to the day you can no longer blame us in the EU for all your ills.

Brexiters will always blame the EU. Always. Especially after a long and strenuous negotiation where the EU doesn't let the worthy Britons have their cake and eat it.

As I have written before, I fully expect the rhetoric to be increasingly aggressive and violent. The EU not giving to Britain's "reasonable proposals" will be the new Continental blocus, EU leaders equated to Napoleon and Hitler, Boris Johnson increasingly projecting himself as Winston Churchill's second coming. History abundantly shows that a fascist regime needs an external enemy to channel the populace's anger away from their worthy leaders.

by Bernard on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 04:12:22 PM EST
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I think we can be too sensitive about this. Of course Brexiteers will need someone else to blame but half way sane Britons will know the EU is now under no obligation to give the UK anything.

International trade negotiations are about bargaining and trade-offs, where both sides try to maximise their common interests and where the balance of power/market size matters.

In any case the Brexiteer ultras want a "clean break" whatever that is. It certainly cannot be construed as constituting an obligation on the EU to do anything other than maximising its own interests.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 04:33:34 PM EST
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That would presuppose logic. And common sense.
by Bernard on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 09:09:39 PM EST
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Frankly, what many of the British people think - or what the tabloids tell them to think - doesn't matter any more, s far as the EU is concerned. That is the essence of losing power, which is what Brexit, in part, actually means.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 09:46:46 PM EST
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Here in the US, Rethuglicans are still blaming Obama and Bill Clinton for everything up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus, and their base just gobbles it up with a big spoon.
by rifek on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 05:52:06 PM EST
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