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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 ...


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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