Verily hath it been said, well, by me, at any rate, that you will never go broke under-estimating the stupidity, malignancy and inbred detestation of all things British by our, er, 'EU partners'. Mind you, usually that only lasts until some power-mad European like Hitler, or the Kaiser, or Bonaparte, or Louis IV, decides to take over the entire continent at which point, zut alors, suddenly , surprise-surprise, the British are not too bad after all! Anyway, I for one am not surprised that 'the colleagues' are 'tooling up' like a bunch of Russian football 'fans' to give us as hard a kicking as they can as we prepare for Brexit. To be fair, I am rather glad because had they adopted a softer approach our Whitehall ninnies may well have been taken in and given away the equivalent of the crown jewels.
So the more unpleasant and intransigent the likes of 'Junck the Drunk' and his apparat become, the more the British people will be determined to be rid of them. The Canadians are learning the hard way. They have been trying to negotiate a trade deal for seven years but at the last moment the Wallonia region of that non-nation, Belgium, has vetoed the entire thing. They may be either 'Wallies' or 'Loons' but, whatever, they are of course the French-speaking part of Belgium - so why am I not surprised?! Of course, the 'Walloonies' might just be voting in favour of what they see as their own best economic interests - and we'll see just how long that lasts once 'les Grand Frères' in Berlin-Brussels start stamping their jackboots!
According to the top 'honcho' in the EU, failure to agree this Canadian deal more or less rules out any free trade deals with anyone at anytime. Personally, I am unable to see what exactly governments are doing in trying to set up these international deals. Why can't they simply leave it to businessmen to buy and sell what they want, where they want. If any particular nation starts ramping up import duties then other governments can either comply or retaliate. Brexit will be a case in point. The Europeans sell far, far more to us than we do to them, so any punishment aimed at us will rapidly become a self-inflicted wound to them.
But of course, the 'dismal science' is only a small part of Brexit. Far, far more important is the old question - qui regat? - who rules? Personally, I do not wish to be ruled by people who detest and despise me and who have no knowledge or understanding of ancient systems established over centuries by trial and error. I wish Europe no harm, all I ask is that they leave us alone!
(Cue: incoming SoD - take cover!)