There’s more than a hint in the air that they are happy to let the negotiation get sticky – and wait for capital to flee the UK and for investment to plummet.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.
I have long been struck by the incredible stresses placed upon them by a system that is meticulous in its oppression across so many of the European institutions.
Already, the EU is demanding discussion of certain trade matters which, according to its repeated statements, should not be brought up until the next phase of talks.
We have set out reasonable negotiating positions and we have done whatever we can to accommodate the demands of the EU.
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
There is no guarantee that the EU27 and the Commission will accept her ideas. And there may be no deal at all. In which case the question lingers: are we ready?
Instead of chasing targets for their own sake, we will be free to explore new opportunities for energy supply, jobs and environmental improvements.
By reminding us that the EU status quo isn’t on the table, Juncker has done us a favour. Now May must set out her own stall.
His State of the European Union address demonstrates the status quo was never on offer in the referendum.
It was the former Prime Minister himself who presided over the drawing up of the Article 50 process from which there is no known means of resiling.
The famous photo of the EU’s negotiator sitting with a pile of papers was misinterpreted. Those were the order that limit his scope.
Since the UK has become a full member of Junker’s military plans, this plunges into doubt whether Brexit does indeed mean Brexit.
We will all have to wait until after the autumn’s federal election in Germany until the negotiating positions of the two sides start to firm up.
“A source from the European Commission confirmed that, legally speaking, the UK would have to leave…as part of Brexit.”