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Well articulated and I appreciate that, from a popular point of view, Brexit did not figure all that highly in most EU member states. Perhaps I am being over legalistic about all this, but to break an agreement within weeks of having signed it is to me a red flag issue sufficient to close down all other meaningful talks unless they are absolutely necessary from an EU self-interested point of view.

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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