I was a little startled to read today that both the BBC and The Guardian were speculating that Gordom Brown becoming Prime Minister would mean the end of Peter Mandelson as European Commissioner for Trade. The Guardian even talks of ‘speculation in Brussels’ as being behind this. Mandelson has himself rightly rubbished the rumours. European Commissioners are not there to be a Member State’s representative in Brussels. They are there to act in the European interest, with the Commission being tasked to carry out certain tasks as stipulated by the EU’s treaties. Brown could not call Mandelson back, even if he wanted to. He might invite Mandelson to resign, but only Mandelson himself could do so. So today’s speculation is not only incorrect, but it also gives completely the wrong impression about the relationship between a Member State and a Commissioner. No surprise British journalists have not done their research.
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I agree with Dominic Cummings *shock*
I hear Dominic Cummings told special advisers this evening that he wants to change the narrative that Merkel is going to help Britain out on Brexit https://t.co/745vAHxSXD
No-one with any intelligence is going to blame Tusk for No Deal Brexit. If there’s anyone EU side who’s held out an olive branch to the UK it’s him.
"If Donald Tusk doesn’t want to go down as Mr No-Deal Brexit, I hope that point will be borne in mind by him too.”
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