Absolutely right Stephen, anyone who had experience of how the EU works would have expected the obstructive, duplicitous negotiation technique and the intransigence, “i.e. Welcome Mrs. May, here is a list of our demands, they are not negotiable and you must agree to all before we can discuss the pipe dreams on your wish list.
I worked as an external IT consultant in the EU in the 1980s. The project was to standardise the way trade data was recorded and collected. “We must go to all member states and make them change they way they are doing it to the way we want it done,” the project leader said.

“Hang on,” I said, “It doesn’t matter how they do it now, so long as they collect the same details, we write software to convert it into the format we need. “
“You don’t understand Ian,” he said, “The project is not about collecting data, it is about preparing for unification of the way member states do things.”

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