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Šefčovič, who was painted by Whitehall as "reasonable" (as opposed to "robotic Barnier"), was the first to throw the book at the UK. I don't see anyone in Brussels, or in any EU capital, willing to make any concessions to the Tories. Not now; not after the AZ export blow-up; not after the NI protocol breaches.

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.

by Bernard on Fri Apr 2nd, 2021 at 09:04:19 PM EST
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