19 Jan 2017 13:51:
Mickeyfinn you stated ". It would reinforce their own Eurosceptic populations and increase political pressure on themselves'.....Is it too much to expect that they pay heed to these voices and reform by addressing serious concerns in this process?
Is it beyond the remit of EU bureaucrats to comprehend this undeniable reality of citizen discontent?
Do they seriously think that penalising the UK and in that process not only ignore their own citizens discontent with the status quo but also place additional burden on large sections of their citizens ( southern states) through their intransigence to seek mutually beneficial trading outcomes with the UK, that this is in any way preferable?
Without wishing a proliferation of discontent do you not see how this could lead to division and growth of unrest from within the remaining member states?
It sadly doesn't make any logical or for that matter moral common sense, especially when it has been stated on the world stage that the UK is keen for the EU to make progress, that BREXIT is not an attempt to undermine the EU, but to recognise that the UK are different by placing great emphasis on restoration of Parliamentary democracy, taking decisions for themselves, being.profoundly internationalist In nature, always looking globally, have been proud of being highly multicultural, etc.
We all have to play our part and not let divisive elements destroy a good relationship and we should pressure our leaders both at EU and national levels to seek mutually beneficial outcomes.