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Pro-Europeans, this is the task ahead

A swift return to full EU membership is unlikely. But closer cooperation with Brussels is eminently achievable 

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/PA Images

The week’s front pages give us a sense of how things are going. “EU demands British vaccines,” declares the Telegraph. “Wait your turn! Selfish EU wants our vaccines,” chides the Express. “No, EU can’t have our jabs!” shrieks the Mail. To the inevitability of death and taxes we can add right-wing tabloids attacking the EU.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the current vaccine row, the incident illustrates two things: that for better or worse, we remain deeply interconnected with the bloc, and that the relationship can easily sour. Hostility has been brewing ever since we formally left the transition period.…

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