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Old 21.09.2018, 17:25
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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As both sides want a deal, and it's in each others interest to strike one. That's how negotiations work. The UK deciding to leave doesn't mean they have to bow to every single demand that the EU makes.
The UK placed itself into the bendover position the moment it decided to hold the referendum. This being a balancing act in which one of the parties (the UK) wants the deal more than the other (the EU), evidently the side wanting is the one that has to take some on the chin (or elsewhere).

An interesting side note, Theresa May also virtually guaranteed the rights of EU citizens in the UK in the event of no deal. The way things have been going, she probably should have done this a long time ago.
That is one of the few negotiating cards the UK had to play, and it played it very early. Although you can argue that playing on that card differently would have placed the UK in a really, really negative view towards the whole of Europe and the world.

Otherwise it's obvious why the "Checkers" deal doesn't work, and this has been the issue from the start and it will be to the end. The UK doesn't want a hard border with Ireland, but it wants to be part of a different market. This doesn't work. Borders and markets are too intrinsically linked to be separated.

The "hard brexit" is the only card the UK has to play at the moment, and frankly, the EU doesn't seem to be too bothered if it goes that way. So better prepare for it...
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