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The idea that the EU is "sicking to its rules" is absurd. I don't just mean in the sense that it scorns its rules (deficits, bailouts etc). I mean it is ignoring them here by refusing to offer either EEA membership (which excludes the CU) or a standard FTA (which includes NI).
The EU is not "sticking to its rules". It isn't offering either a standard Canada-style FTA (it insists on hiving off Norther Ireland) or an EEA deal (it insists on the customs union). It is in fact denying its own rules to make Britain a uniquely punitive offer.
@SebastianEPayne We've consistently opposed EVERY motion condemning a member state's domestic affairs, whether the government is Left or Right. Inevitably, someone will say, "Oh, look, you're siding with X". In fact, we're just opposing the growth of EU power.