“There is a tendency in the EU still to see the UK as primarily an internal disciplinary matter rather than an external relationship building issue,” City of London special representative to the EU Jeremy Browne says to the Financial Times.
“It is not clear they really have a clear vision of what they want their relationship with the UK to be — even though we will be one of their most important trading partners. (…) Brexit is not really about the UK in some ways,” he says. “It has also become a prism through which the 27 see themselves. So France, for instance, sees it as an opportunity to reshape the bloc in a manner that suits its interest.”