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Simplified, one key issue that drove or drives the Brexit movement is for the UK to have full sovereign control over the standards goods must adhere to. Equally simplified, one key issue for the EU is what is known as the integrity of the internal market, i.e. that goods all across the EU adhere to the same sets of standards that were agreed upon by ...


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From the EU27 viewpoint, the Brexiteers promised a unicorn and now expect the EU27 to deliver this impossible creature. The EU27 always said that it can't be done without breaking something, and that it won't be the EU internal market which breaks. The EU27 want to have an open internal market, notably between the ROI and the mainland EU. The UK want to ...


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Let's just start with your title question: Why is the UK blaming the EU Boris Johnson and every Brexiteer have a choice: blame themselves or blame the EU. They're not going to ever accept any blame themselves, so they will blame the EU for anything they think is unpopular. Cynical politicians will not be the ones to stand up and say "My Fault !"....


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I don't think this question is usefully answerable: (It's an excellent question, but there are too many variables and not enough cases to look at to really know what works and what doesn't in preventing terrorism). Different European countries traditionally had (up to about 10 years ago, before massive refugee arrivals) different sources of Muslim immigrants....


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I am interpreting your question to be specifically about trade. There are lots of other areas of disagreement between the E.U. and China. As far as I can tell, Charles Michel is not sharing his personal opinion, he is just outlining the E.U.'s position, which has been consistent over the last few years. The E.U.'s key demands are summarized here. The current ...


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Just to add to "what the UK wants" ... it is a stretch to say the UK is united in this : "what the UK wants" is what a very small majority wanted before it got messy, or in practice, what quite a large majority in England wants. A little historical context : The EU referendum came hard on the heels of another referendum, (September 2014) ...


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You may just as well ask: why does the EU require export declarations (from its own territories--effectively the territories on which it customs code applies) at all. To list some of the official reasons, as rendered by the Irish: Why is Revenue interested in Exports? Revenue has an interest in exports for a number of reasons including: enforcing export ...


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Thank to Steve Melnikoff for pointing out this more recent BBC summary, which also links to the actual bill. In nutshell, what I gather from there, the Internal Market Bill will allow UK ministers to: overrule the requirement for UK business to fill out export declaration forms for products shipped to Northern Ireland (article 42) interpret state aid rules (...


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The website Global Firepower rates countries military strength on a scale it calls "PwrIndx". Turkey currently has a PwrIndx of nearly .21, ranking it #11 in the world. A lower number is stronger. If we compare that to the list of EU countries only France and the UK are stronger, with Italy and Germany close behind Turkey. Greece is rated over .5, ...


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With your definiton, yes, there are significant "Eurosceptic" factions in the CDU/CSU. They oppose a common army, preferring a cooperation of national armies instead. They are opposed to Eurobonds, i.e. closer fiscal and monetary union. Personally I do not consider it appropriate to characterize these positions as "Eurosceptic."


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I consider it improbable that there would be a total war. Miscalculation by one side or the other could lead to some skirmishes, but neither side would mobilize their full military-economic potential. You are asking about a conflict on Turkey's doorstep. By contrast, many EU members are quite far away. Their power projection might (or might not) benefit ...


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Politically speaking, there are a few options that a group of (strong) EU member states could use to coerce others to drop their golden visas schemes: Political quid pro quo across various issues: identify something that the target state needs or wants and exchange support on this issue against the target state dropping their golden visa policy. Naturally ...


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The European Union and China have different goals for following bilateral conversations. The EU is China's number one trading partner and the EU's economy can thrive in Chinese markets. EU demands on fairness is first and foremost to collaborate in a legal and precise way to find solutions to existing problems and to make agreements, for everyone's benefit, ...


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The dollar amount of military spending isn't exactly the same as military strength, but they're certainly hardly uncorrelated. France, Germany, and the UK all have spending around $50 B, while Turkey's is only $13 B. So by that standard, the EU is way ahead of Turkey. And of course, with a larger economic base, is in a better position to ramp up military ...


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As a similitude to a game of chess, it's very general pawn protection angst from the UKgov. As in chess, there are millions of possible outcomes, and the UK wants to go backwards on the chess game, because it's the first time that they play the Brexit rules, which are rather strange and unpredictable. The UKgov wants to strengthen it's negotiation position ...


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Initially the EU will probably try legal means to force the UK to enforce a new border down the Irish Sea. If that fails the point may become moot because Northern Ireland votes to rejoin Ireland in a Border Poll. It's also possible that the UK will eventually agree to a deal, just late. Ultimately if all that fails there will have to be some kind of border ...


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I assume that Golden Visas are actually EU citizenships in exchange for a large investment or something like this. I can try to give a solution which is already possible under EU Directive 2004/38/EC. Let's say we have a Russian citizen who recently acquired a citizenship of Cyprus. Then all other EU member states may restrict freedom of movement and ...


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