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AFAIK talks aimed at providing UK financial services "equivalence" and greater access to the Single Market are still making good progress.
And will the EP not vote to ratify the Trade and Cooperation Agreement?
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Then, to a lesser extent, the countries having a strong trade with the UK, or fishing fleets in the UK waters, mostly countries on the western side of the continent.
But Ireland, north or south, is a very faraway country seen from Bucarest, Ljubljana or Bratislava and Brexit had a relatively smaller impact in those countries in eastern Europe. Over there, Brexit is not the prominent, almost existential issue that it represents for Ireland. In a large number of EU countries, Brexit doesn't have the mind-share it has in Ireland, not anywhere close.
The AZ vaccine, on the other hand, and the strong-arming tactics of the UK government to ensure that all the doses produced in the UK be delivered to the UK while happily accepting over 8 million doses from AZ factories on the continent exported to the UK, in the name of "free trade": this has hit all the EU27 pretty much equally. It has shown that the Tories are not merely a nuisance to their nearest neighbors but can stick it up even to the most remote regions of Europe.
For over a year now, the Covid crisis has being issue #1, issue #2 and issue #3 to just about every government in Europe, in a way that Brexit has never ever been. That's what's different.
As for the financial services equivalence and the Trade agreement ratification, I don't expect it is going to move as smoothly as it is expected in Whitehall (while they're still crowing about having pulled a fast one over the Continentals, smart lads that they are).
I cannot see why anyone would want to make concessions to a Tory government while that situation continues - unless you are a craven Anglophile, as some in Ireland are. To me opposing Tory mendacity, as much as opposing Trump mendacity is, a matter of principle which should have united all EU governments, even if the issue was obscure to many citizens.
All that said, if opposition to UK vaccine nationalism brings their mendacity (which we tend to take for granted) home to the general EU public, then so much the better. This has become an existential issue for the EU. If it cannot do better, post Brexit, than the UK, it's raison d'etre is demolished.
Why remain a member if the UK has shown they can do better on their own? I hope this realisation lights a fire under the Commission and various EU member state governments tempted to play soft-ball with the UK. Draghi's "whatever it takes" comment in relation to the ECB must now become the motto of the Commission, Council and Parliament.
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If it looked, to many EU countries, mostly a matter of principle, but one that still got them united behind the EC and its now retired chief negotiator, the vaccine crisis has really brought home the point that disregarding principles has real-life consequences. It has effectively been the Great Equalizer among all the EU27.
Even if the higher number of vaccinated people gives the Tories some bragging rights today, I don't see any evidence that the whole Brexit thing is doing so great. Businesses are still relocating to the continent, the EU won't cut them any slack, Biden is still Irish and the only passenger rail link between the UK and continental Europe may shutdown because the Tories are unwilling to fund it (Eurostar's UK shares have been bought back by the French and Belgian railways some years ago).
It's good that so many Britons have been already vaccinated because they have suffered enough already: the UK has by far the highest Covid death toll of all the European nations. However, there's no guarantee they will be able to continue at this rate without further imports from the EU, especially considering they have purposely delayed the second injection to cover more people with a first jab.
I've tried to find figures for the household income per capita (for "real" people, not corporation-are-people), from various sources: they tend to show a figure ($22,500 to $25,300) that is a bit behind the UK's households ($25,000 to $28,700), but not by much.
Obviously, the income has progressed a lot since Ireland joined the EU, particularly during the Celtic Tiger years, and is now closing the gap without most of Western Europe countries; it looks like Irish household income is now higher than in Spain or even Italy.
OTOH, the income figure for UK households may actually go down over the next years, with the Brexit effects slowly eating at the people's "real" economy (not the City), as you mentioned.
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