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I don't think EU had a strategy beyond offering UK a deal as close to the original membership as possible and hoping they would come around to understanding it's the only workable solution and the only one on offer.

EU may have suspected Mr. Johnson to negotiate in bad faith, or come up with every possible kind of shenanigans, but there's not much a consensus based organization of 27 members can do against a charlatan who insists on playing chess on a backgammon board while making up rules on the fly.

Pretty much the only thing Commission can do at the moment is to try to salvage the Good Friday Agreement. Sticking to legal issues and releasing the legions of lawyers is their only tool for now.

Maybe, if the 27 came up with short and long term strategies they could agree upon, and nominated a Commissar of Brexit to implement it in close co-operation with Ireland and Netherlands the EU response could be more pro-active and on a wider spectrum.

Maybe even a parliament with some simile of power in actual running of the EU could have an effect here, too.

by pelgus on Sat Oct 3rd, 2020 at 12:43:53 PM EST
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