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A Europe of ‘concentric circles’? Wait, isn’t that the EU and EEA/EFTA? August 30, 2018

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This should be entertaining, reports that…

France has signalled it is ready to cut a close post-Brexit EU deal with the UK, according to reports.

French president Emmanuel Macron aims to use an EU summit next month in Salzburg, Austria, to push for a new “alliance” between the bloc and Britain, The Times newspaper has reported.

A new Continental structure would see “concentric circles” with the EU and Euro at its core and the UK in a second ring, according to the newspaper.

But doesn’t such a structure already exist with EEA/EFTA? Are the states in the latter category going to react positively if there’s some ‘special’ dispensation for the UK? And how does that work with the four freedoms? Or the Irish border? Or is the reality that this is all face-saving stuff designed to push the UK towards something like but not technically the same as EEA/EFTA?

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1. EWI - August 30, 2018

The EU need to be especially careful. The UK Tories, who have no honour, have proven time and time again that they will drive a horse and four to maximum advantage through any creative ambiguities made to accomodate them.

When they (inevitably) start crowing to the Tory press about how they pulled a fast one over ‘the Europeans’, it’ll be too late.

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2. Joe - August 30, 2018

Today some media are spinning that a deal is close, sterling has risen, all will be well. Tomorrow it’ll be that a total breakdown is close and it looks like no deal. And on and on. And in the end, very close to the deadline, they’ll make a deal. Boring.

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GW - August 30, 2018

The meeja noise is boring, the substance is far from boring.

Especially if one is interested in continuing peace and an open border on the Island of Ireland.

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3. Jim Monaghan - August 30, 2018

We are being dropped. To Merkel and Macron as well as May, we are pawns. Time for Varadkar to threaten the veto. Mind you Jacob Rees-Mogg might destroy even a very pro British deal.

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EWI - August 30, 2018

Time for Varadkar to threaten the veto.

Not doing so, and risking making the Border more concrete than ever (to the delight of Ulster unionism), would be a very bad look for a FG Taoiseach so close to the centenaries of the Treaty and their betrayal on the Border Commission.

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GW - August 30, 2018

I hope not, though I sometimes fear that FG will not impose the Irish veto for fear of falling out with the EPP.

It’s up the parts of Ireland that aren’t bored by the issue to ensure that FG doesn’t sell us down the river.

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GW - August 30, 2018

Note that it’s not only Ireland that will veto a deal without an open border but also the European Parliament.

Apologies to those who find reminders of the political sovereignty of that supra-national elected body distasteful 🙂

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4. GW - August 30, 2018

I expect the EU to put a counter-proposal to Checkers which I hope will include cast-iron guarantees of an open border.

This will never be acceptable to the Tories, as Checkers is a non-starter for the EU side.

The problem is with the current British parliament were there is no majority for any deal on offer, including probably Checkers. We need another Britisch election, with hopefully a Labour government that will extend the negotiating period, get the best they can, and then seek a ratification through a People’s Vote.

Thus the treachery of the Labour Brexiteers who voted with the Tories over Brexit is starker. Luckily now three of them are in line for deselection: Hoey, Field and now Stringer. Only Mann to go – the other one is already suspended.

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GW - August 30, 2018

Chequers, of course. My spelling just gets more phonetic…

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