The EU Commission is increasingly taking an illiberal and antagonistic attitude to democratic changes and the world in general. Although deplorable they do set an outline for a possible Brexit deal.
For example, the European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society recently caused a furore by making a series of grossly offensive remarks.
They included: disparaging gay marriage, belittling Wallonia and anti-Chinese racism.
The German Federation of Lesbians and Gays commented “An EU commissioner must be able to convincingly represent the European values of non-discrimination and not put the case for racist and homophobic prejudices”
The Walloon prime minister is reported as saying “Will the European Commission be as tough against racist homophobes like [the Commissioner] as they were against those who defended transparency and democracy? We will see.”
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was similarly unimpressed.
The lesson for the UK in negotiating a Brexit deal, including tax and customs tariffs, is to be prepared to deal firmly with an intolerant EU Commission.
Tax Barrister, Accountant