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I think you're making the same fundamental historical error of scale that the UK pundits are making - probably a side effect of the massive Irish over-exposure to UK media.

The UK and the EU are not peers.

While I expect Johnson's UK (if that's what we get) to be an English nationalist enemy of the EU and any other not-properly-white countries the UK won't be more than an annoyance to the EU (more than that for IE, until we finish routing around them).

England and its Empire was once a peer to the rest of Europe, but that Empire is long gone and Brexit makes it likely the last fragments will break away.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 11:37:22 AM EST
I don't for a moment regard the UK and EU as peers, but that is how UK Brexiteers would like to see the relationship. And that is their fundamental error in appraising their relative negotiating strengths, and why I have been expecting a hard Brexit from day 1. Their expectations of reciprocity and equal treatment cannot be  achieved as a third party - and that has been the brutal reality since the negotiations began - and it will only get worse from here - see article quoted above...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 11:46:19 AM EST
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Everything you always wanted to know about infringement procedures - but were afraid to ask
Summary: It's pretty darn difficult to fall afoul of "community law" into the EU gov penalties. Consequently, UK free-riders have taken punishment into their own hands by invoking natural laws of swift and brutal retaliation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 04:30:55 AM EST
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that is their fundamental error in appraising their relative negotiating strengths

Imperial hangover is a bitch.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Dec 4th, 2019 at 09:51:20 PM EST
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