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    1/n Can be usefully read in conjunction with this conversation with senior French and German diplomats.

    Martin Selmayr @MartinSelmayr
    EU is an existential, not a transactional project. Good assessment of what this means for Brexit by N. Nougayrède amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    So, for example, the customs union and Irish papers were non-starters because they suggested undermining common external tariff barrier...

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    3/n...which has *defined* EEC/EC/EU customs union since the 1950s.

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    4/n Similarly any suggestion that a 3rd country should be anything other than rule-taker when it comes to EUs own regulations is non-starter

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    5/n IRL wants UK to stay in EEA & form CU with EU mimicking existing one. But it'ill only work if UK accepts all usual terms and conditions

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    6/n I would guess that there is zero appetite for yet more special UK opt-outs which may have been counter-productive in past

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    7/n in that they encouraged sense of UK exceptionalism & feeling that you can opt out of anything you want, which you can't

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    8/8 or the entire set of interlocking bargains that define EU would fall apart

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