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The UK-EU relationship: Better the devil you know?

This is a version of a piece originally posted on Euronews.

This summer has provided ample demonstration of the difficulties of the relationship between the UK and the EU.

The constant rumbling of discontent over the Northern Ireland Protocol has been accompanied by periodic British threats to walk away from it. Last week’s State of the European Union address by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen neglected to mention the UK at all. And this week’s cancellation of talks on security cooperation with France comes hot on the heels of the AUKUS deal that tightens the links between the UK, US and Australia.

In short, there’s little sign on either side of the Channel that there is much appetite for trying to make the relationship work any better than its current semi-comatose state. (more…)

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