Officials and ambassadors from the 27 member states gathered together to go through the new partnership agreement with the UK. As Michel Barnier, Stephanie Riso and Ursula von der Leyen and the rest of the European Commission team had ensured that the states were thoroughly briefed throughout the process, there were no great surprises. That will make democratic approval across parliaments smoother.
The deal should be done, and there should be no veto; as an exercise in accountability, it is one of the EU’s better moments.
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