The moral is clear: it is now indisputable that Brexit must involve escape from the EAW. Never mind the regular difficulties with people despatched from the UK willy-nilly to face courts of doubtful probity in Eastern Europe…the status quo in Europe, one suspects, is exactly the way the EU likes its relations with its member states. Nation state boundaries are a source of liberty and diversity; the unwillingness of states to do the dirty work of others in suppressing domestic opposition, and their preparedness to an extent to allow dissidents to have their say without the threat of penalties, is a powerful force against top-down international uniformity. No wonder that the EU wants to reserve all this to the EU Commission, and that it regards the sovereign right to give asylum as yet another attribute of nationhood to be quietly sacrificed on the altar of bien-pensant supranationalism. 

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