“At the TUC conference this week in Brighton, RMT union boss Bob Crow asked his colleagues to back a British referendum on the EU. His call for a referendum was roundly rejected. On the internet, the group Labour for a Referendum has posted three times [1, 2, 3] on LabourList recently, arguing that the Labour Party ought to call for an In or Out of the EU referendum as soon as possible. Although three quarters of people over 50 want a referendum, I’m unconvinced on whether we need one. Here’s why I think Labour should absolutely not back an EU referendum now, or for at least 12 months”
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Frankly, the ones having difficulty coming to terms with that are the UK.
The EU doesn't particularly care what the UK *wants*, it's setting the price for the UK to get access to what it *needs*, and after that it's up to the UK whether it wants to pay it or not. https://twitter.com/nick_gutteridge/status/1265627026511335430
UK negotiator Frost says he thinks 'the EU is still coming to terms with the fact that there's a large country in Europe that doesn't want to be part of the EU's structure in some way, or to work on EU norms, or to relate to the EU as the reference point of its activity'.