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And so it continues, the ever worsening of EU/UK relations I predicted in The 2021-2026 EU UK Trade war. Even the no-deal scenario cannot be ruled out, as the EU Parliament has postponed ratification of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

EU capitals weigh tougher response to UK's Brexit `provocations'

EU governments are exploring ways of pressing the UK to comply with its post-Brexit obligations as they resign themselves to an increasingly combative relationship with Britain.

Brussels is already preparing legal action against the UK over its shock announcement earlier this month that it would unilaterally extend grace periods that ease the impact of Brexit red tape on Northern Irish businesses -- a step attacked by the EU as a breach of good faith.

Some capitals have held informal talks on further options for retaliation if relations with Britain continue to deteriorate, according to diplomats.

"We had hoped to maintain a trustful partnership," said one senior EU diplomat. "Now it looks like it is going to be quite a tough and rough relationship for the foreseeable future."

The ideas being floated include potentially denying the UK sought-after membership of a European legal co-operation pact, diplomats said, as well as further stalling EU decisions on market access for the City of London, in response to what the bloc sees as a number of UK provocations.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 10:32:33 AM EST
"We had hoped to maintain a trustful partnership," said one senior EU diplomat.

That was never going to happen.  As long as the Tories are running the place there's no reliance on UK promises or treaties. The sooner the EU realizes that  the better.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 04:19:42 PM EST
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No, but it is important for the optics and to consolidate support at home, that the EU and member states are seen to have exhausted diplomatic options.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Mar 12th, 2021 at 04:44:37 PM EST
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According to this:

Overall, the UK's image, reputation and influence is seen as having been badly damaged by the decision to leave the EU and by the way UK politics have unfolded since the June 2016 vote, including its relationship with the EU. Where the UK had previously been commonly seen as a pragmatic, serious and highly influential player in European affairs, it is now seen as unreliable, unpredictable and having lost substantial influence ...

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There is also substantial Brexit fatigue and frustration and different views on whether and how fast a stronger relationship could be built in the future - the ball is seen as lying in the UK's court. The EU faces many other challenges and the UK is not near the top of its priority list.

the EU has won the PR war.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Mar 13th, 2021 at 03:17:33 PM EST
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Brussels launches legal action against UK over Brexit breach
The European Commission today launched twin-track legal action against the British government over its decision to unilaterally delay the introduction of post-Brexit checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

The EU executive body said in a statement that it had sent two letters to the U.K. government, which contain threats of two different paths for legal proceedings against London should the British government not be willing to settle the dispute via negotiations in the coming weeks.

Spoiler alert: Both legal tracks "may ultimately lead to Brussels imposing tariffs on U.K. goods." Frank's EU UK Trade war is slowly shaping up, as predicted. Tomorrow's tabloids eructations are also totally predictable.

by Bernard on Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 06:34:50 PM EST
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Anglo-American Conservative parties seem to be more interested in looting the economy for themselves and their friends and, so far successfully, deflecting the blame for the resulting economic problems to The Other.

In the US The Other is Democrats.

In the UK The Other is the EU.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Mar 16th, 2021 at 03:55:03 PM EST
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