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Old 20.12.2017, 14:04
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I think Theresa May can afford to become tone-deaf to EU bureaucrats and address German and French industrial interests directly over their heads. I suspect that is what will essentially happen anyway. Just start addressing industrial interests directly, and say "yeah, whatever" to EU bureaucrats in the meantime.
Although it won't happen like this, the result will essentially be the same. Barnier is simply there to ensure whatever deal is agreed will not encourage others to leave. Barnier goal is purely political. Individual countries however will want a deal has the least impact as possible on them. This is where things will get interesting, especially as the EU states most exposed to Brexit are the larger ones.
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