Not acceding to unreasonable or impossible or illegal requests is not the same thing as imposing a humiliating divorce deal...I wish the EU could impose a (non-humiliating and mutually beneficial) divorce deal, but it can't impose anything on the UK.
Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke
Garton Ash should know better but he's always been prone to overestimating the UK's power and influence. A chronic problem among UK politicians and public intellectuals that dominated the Blair years
Remarkable how UK exceptionalism has a grip on the the UK political and intellectual elite. Garton Ash should know full well that there are steps the UK needs to take to gain EU flexibility. Does a pro-European demand risking the cohesion of the EU system?
Garton Ash inadvertently provides another reason why it's in the EU's interest to exclude the UK from full membership. If even prominent Remainers cannot accept the existential necessity of defending the integrity of the EU system then the UK is unable to play a constructive role
This Garton Ash piece is one among many that confirms that inability to accept the asymmetry of power between the EU and UK is shared by many Remainers with many Brexiters. By making impossible demands it is UK political elites that have made "Weimar Britain" a possibility
Never mind the fact that comparing possible agreements between the UK and EU with the Treaty of Versailles feeds the talking points of a potentially violent radical Right fringe in ways Garton Ash may come to regret
I think the framing of the piece borders on absurdity. He is comparing the collapse of a state through the after effects of devastating war with the UK's self-inflicted predicament. And the demands for EU flexibility come across as the usual UK exceptionalism
I’ve read the Timothy Garton Ash piece (theguardian.com/commentisfree/…) twice. Maybe it’s the heat, but I don’t understand the logic by which the EU27 should break the single market for a third country simply because Britain doesn’t want freedom of movement for people?
UK: “Brexit means Brexit!”
EU27: “What does that mean?”
UK: “Brexit means Brexit!”
EU27: “Alright then, Brexit means Brexit”
UK: “How punitive! Destroy your core principles or we’ll go full Weimar and it will all be your fault.” amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
The UK is now discovering what the Swiss had to accept some time ago: The EU does not care about your complicated domestic politics when it is negotiating with you.
Can't bear to point out basic flaw in warning EU about risk of 'a rancid, angry Britain: a society riven by domestic divisions and economic difficulties, let down by its ruling classes, fetid with humiliation and resentment.'theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Amazing from TGA! EU 27 responsible for crazy Brexit? Well before the referendum it was clear a Brexit will finish for the U.K. either in accepting Norway model or Canada ++ FTA...now EU should give best part of SM without other obligations otherwise EU responsible for no deal !?
A piece that will manage to both alienate most readers from EU27 states that will come across it while feeding talking points to an increasingly violent UK radical Right. How is it pro-European to demand that the EU risk undermining the integrity of its system?
Such a counter-productive piece has been authored by someone who has regular contact with EU27 elites. That even TGA can't face the existential necessity for the EU to be tough is a sign that perhaps it is better for the UK to be excluded from membership
Even some of the most ardent Remainers in the UK do not understand the EU and its spirit. Freedom of movement lies at the heart of the EU project. It is meant to ensure that ‘people’ are more important than ‘territory.’ Introduced also to avoid a return to territorial conquest.