by Steffen Stierle
On June 29th there will be an EU Council meeting in Brussels to agree on the guidelines for Brexit negotiations. EU elites – and especially the German government – are making pressure for a hard negotiation position.
For months they have been explaining that there will no Europe á la carte, no cherry picking etc., meaning that the UK will have to accept all the four ‘freedoms’ of the common market or get no access. While British PM Theresa May already declared in the exit notification that under that circumstances the UK does not aim at staying in the common market, the EU position is contradictory: Currently, there is an internal debate in the EU about flexible integration anyway, e.g. expressed in the Commissions White Paper on the future of the EU. The trend goes clearly towards more flexible EU project. Against this background, the dogmatic all or nothing approach is not plausible.