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From the EU's perspective Brexit offers a number of opportunities:

  1. To show unity and strength of purpose when presented with a threat
  2. To show solidarity with a smaller member most adversely effected by Brexit
  3. To demonstrate the benefits of membership as opposed to impending non membership
  4. To create precedents and a clear process for any future A.50 invocations
  5. And in the case of an existential challenge to its own future by a major ex-member in league with a hostile foreign power, to show just how powerful the EU can be in defence of common interests.

No deal means economic war

Either the EU sees off the challenge of a powerful ex-member flouting its own rules and all Treaty obligations or it caves in and undermines its own raison d'etre. It is difficult to overstate just how serious this could get.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 09:14:53 PM EST
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