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I still don't understand why even ostensibly pro-EU commentators buy the line that the EU are being difficult and/or trying to punish the UK. It looks to me like the EU are in damage limitation mode, trying to get a deal that causes as little damage to the EU and, as a secondary concern, the UK.

This means offering the UK the best deal they can consistent with the principles of EU law and treaties - thus Barnier's brilliant stairs graphic that shows the best deals the EU can offer given apparent UK insistence on various "red lines" (otherwise known as shit May decided to say to keep some group or the other on her side for a week and then doubled down on because she confuses inflexibility with strength).

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 10:23:28 PM EST

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