In response to Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack: Proud Hungarians display what the EU fears most – independent spirit, paul parmenter wrote:

‘Hungarians have decided they want to be the only ones who will decide who can live in Hungary.’

And that is the crux of it. This is the ultimate clash: two irreconcilable concepts, the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. The theory that must be made to work, against the certainty that it simply cannot work.

I don’t see how Hungary can stay in the EU if it has indeed made that decision and intends to stick with it. Neither can any other member state that reaches the same conclusion. Because the EU will also not budge from its concept that everyone in the EU has to follow the same rules, and one of its fundamental rules is the allowance of free movement of anyone who is in, or can find a way to get in and stay in.

The crunch is coming. It may be delayed, but it has to come. And something will get very badly broken when it does.