A Messy Divorce
The UK’s Brexit Hand Gets Weaker
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  • Observe&Report

    The UK doesn’t owe the EU a penny more than its existing membership fee until it formerly leaves the bloc, and there is absolutely no reason why an EU court should have any jurisdiction over a non-EU country.

    There is no “Brexit bill”. It’s nothing more than an attempt by the EU to forestall the day of reckoning when they either have to slash the EU budget or force the remaining members to cough up more cash. Both outcomes would weaken the EU, and so there is no reason for Britain to pay.

    • Jim__L

      John Adams was pushed into the Revolutionary cause in America because the British insisted that colonial courts had no jurisdiction over British subjects — this, after Adams risked life and career to diligently defend the soldiers who perpetrated the Boston Massacre.

      The British are getting the same treatment; I would love nothing more than to watch them stick it to the tyrannical EU like we stuck it to George III. 🙂

  • seattleoutcast

    Sorry, but all the UK has to do is absolutely nothing. Demands for payments and other concessions to the EU are unsubstantiated. The UK will leave regardless of whether or not it pays off the EU. After the divorce, trade will still go on. Any trade lost with the Continent will be gained with other countries. The EU knows this, which is why they are so shrill. Hell hath no fury like a totalitarian, bureaucratic, Kafkaesque-novel scorned.

  • Angel Martin

    You don’t succeed in a negotiation by making concessions at the start in exchange for nothing.

    Theresa May: read Trump’s book, moron !

  • FriendlyGoat

    Divorce is almost always the cause or result of something sad, and it usually leaves both parties weaker financially. This is why the most likely result is that Brexit (the “divorce” of large groups) never fully occurs or takes so long that the proponents of it are just stalled and ignored to postpone the hurt and the financial damage. This article had the word “divorce” in the second line—-but this is not at all like a couple divorcing. Imagine everyone in town having an egg to fry or an operative axe to grind in the court of a couple’s divorce. The proceedings would go on endlessly—–and these will too.

  • Andrew Allison

    The EU is very far from holding all the cards, and is overplaying its hand. The deadline for withdrawal is now just 18 months away, and the EU has more to lose than the UK. Aside from the financial issues there are, for example, 2.9 million citizens of other EU countries living in the UK, about 2.15 million of whom are working.

    As to May’s speech, the Brexit talks were at an impasse and after the speech Barnier said “It’s positive that Theresa May’s speech made it possible to unblock the situation to some extent and give a new dynamic,”. Rather than offer further concessions, a reasonable next step would be to await a counter-proposal from the EU while the clock continues to tick.

    Memo to Keeley: The Guardian is not a reliable source. The “Bombardier threat” is both irrelevant to Brexit and far from final: Canada is the USA’s largest trading partner and is seriously PO-ed about it (https://www.vox.com/world/2017/9/27/16373156/boeing-tariff-bombardier-canada).

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