IIt is noteworthy, given the disparity in their relative economic strength, that the UK has managed to get the same amount of concessions from the EU as it has in the current round of never-ending Brexit negotiations. The British government and its federalist allies in Northern Ireland have argued for months that the EU’s fussy and legal implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol was making it unpopular and unwise. The absurdity of the “sausage wars” is a sign of an apparently petty attitude by the European Union. The EU was concerned about the integrity of the single market, but was losing arguments in the court of public opinion. They looked like illogical people who did not understand the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. Somehow he tried to make Boris Johnson look sensitive.
Still, the EU could have stood firm; But they bowed down. European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefkovic has promised “very far-reaching” changes, and so are they. Saying he was clear enough to reveal some tensions within the EU when he remarked: “We have gone to the outer limits of what member states, especially France, will wear.” President Macron is clearly outraged and dismayed, not least about the Ocus “betrayal” and the treatment of French fishermen. In response to British demands, the European Union is eliminating about half of all remaining checks. In fact, they were probably even doing so to support the interests of a small member state, Ireland, the Irish government was so anguished about the return of violence in the north of Ireland. In any case, Johnson should be satisfied.
Yet, like all practices of appeasement, it has made the animal more hungry. Sensing weakness, the British in Lord Frost’s plaintiff size are expanding their demands, drafting a new legal text of the Protocol, taking the European Court of Justice out of its role in the single market, and The union needs to accept UK standards. entirely, and possibly for all time, in Northern Ireland. Any risk to the integrity of the single market is Europe’s problem, not Britain’s.
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