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Einstein supposedly said ...

The definition of insanity is doing the same things, in the same ways, and expecting different results.

I can see why the EU wants to be the rational actor.  Why it wants to be calm and collected, giving the UK every opportunity to come to an agreement that will prevent future acrimony and the basis for future acrimony.  

That's simply not possible with a negotiating Other that (a) doesn't know what it wants and (b) will be mad as hell if it doesn't get it.

We all know what the UK wants: the rights and privileges of EU membership without the duties, responsibilities, and costs of membership.  Stated that baldly the silliness is immediate apparent.  So it cannot be stated.  Thus we get inanities like "Brexit is Brexit" and May's call for parliament to decide what Brexit means two weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave.  

The EU and UK can kick the can down the road.  But since they are on a round-about it's only going to end-up in the same places.

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

by ATinNM on Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 03:46:37 PM EST

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