In response to Janice Davis: Top Dog Selmayr is bad news for Britain – and worse for Europe,
I still believe that the EU’s federalists do not seriously want Britain to stay in the EU. What they do want is to cripple it if possible when it leaves.
This accounts for the terms of the WA which turns the UK into a non-voting member of the EU, subject to its regulation but powerless to interfere in decision-making. A permanent backstop is crucial to the success of this plan which is why the touted negotiations will be scuppered by the EU in order to make it permanent after two years.
Alternatively, the federalists will be quite content to see Britain leave with no deal for the same reason – independence removes the UK altogether from any voice in EU affairs. Brussels in the meantime loses none of its leverage over the UK during the subsequent negotiation of a trade agreement with an independent Britain.
Not enough attention has been paid to the fact that the vote for Brexit has been a gift all round to the Euopean federalists with no downside no matter what fears are voiced about the danger of a knock-on effect in Italy or another disgruntled country. That is not going to happen.
Brexit stays in Britain and rids the EU of a troublesome opponent of its federalist ambitions.