LJ wrote:[Does the EU really want the UK to appoint a commissioner? The only reason why they make a fuss about this issue is because they want to prevent that it can have negative legal consequences if they don't do this. Or do you really expect that any UK commissioner will be accepted by the EU Parliament? I don't.
Yes, the EU wants to appoint a UK commissioner. Why? Because they want to obey the law and rules. And they want to avoid the negative legal consequences if they don't. If they sent a person to the EU that the EU parliament will reject, then there is another set of rules in place, at the moment, the UK isn't holding its end of the bargain, so that's where the problem lies.
LJ wrote:BTW this is also a reason why this shouldn't be dragged on too long. These delays are hurting the EU from a legal point of view.
Not up to the EU, the EU can't throw members out, the members can leave if they wish. But yes, the UK is exporting its internal problems to the EU, so preferably not dragging this out is the way to go. But then again the key lies in the UK, not the EU. For now, the EU can only isolate the problem, and work around it as much as they can. This particular problem, there might be no way around it, then just appoint a UK commissioner. Perhaps there is some loophole that the current UK commissioner can stay on, until replaced by someone from the UK. Will be a commissioner without power and influence, so it will be a perfect job for Farage.