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I don't get why there is so much emphasis on whether a no-deal arrangement ends up being the EU's fault or the UK's fault. Regardless of whose fault it might be, the economic and social costs will fall pretty heavily on everybody involved, and any attempt at repair will take years, if not decades.

"It's all France's/Germany's/Spain's fault that I'm sitting here in the damp eating canned beans and Spam" is not going to provide much cheering up.

by asdf on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 03:56:07 AM EST
Au contraire: it is a central piece of the Brexiters strategy (to the extent they have one), as it allows to deflect the blame away from them and squarely at the nasty foreigners, so that Boris & Co can keep their jobs and wrap themselves into the Churchill mantel (cue in the Darkest Hour).

Nationalism is a well known lever to manipulate opinion and it has worked particularly well in England these past years.

by Bernard on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 09:13:03 AM EST
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I still feel the EU's concern for this is overblown. They will be blamed for no deal by Brexiteers and the Tory media regardless of how obvious it is that Boris blew it. There is no way they can avoid it.

Basically the Tory line will be that everything is fine now and has been for 45 years so why does the EU have to change anything? To protect their uncompetitive industry is why!

All we (Brexiteers) want is our political freedom back to make our own trade deals and business regulations like every other non EU member sovereign state. Ergo it follows that the only reason we can't have our cake and eat is because the EU is trying to punish us for leaving.

Arcane arguments about "level playing fields" and common standards just won't cut it. It will be put down as bureaucratic arguments to make life as difficult as possible for freedom loving Brits because they know we Brits are better at competing on a world stage than those regulation loving Eurocrats...

The EU will be compared to the Soviet Union as a political attempt to control freedom loving peoples. People will be told it is better to be free and poor rather than be slightly better off and strangled by bureaucrats.

And like the Soviet Union, the European Union will collapse in due course because of the contradictions it contains - basically lots of culturally distinct peoples who will want to express their cultural identities through political independence.

The Brexiteers define a nation as having a soul you are prepared to die for, if necessary, to defend it. Whoever ever wanted to die for the EU bureaucracy?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Oct 7th, 2020 at 11:50:53 AM EST
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No disagreement there. It's just that the EU operates along its own rules and laws and are not going to be dragged into the Brexiters rhetorical field - as you wrote: respecting the law, period. The EU is of course under no illusion that Johnson and Co won't put the blame on them anyway; they are just not letting that influencing their course of action.
by Bernard on Fri Oct 9th, 2020 at 05:58:07 PM EST
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