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Hungrexit? Polexit? Troublesome EU members are going nowhere as long as they can scupper bullying Brussels’ big spending dreams

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Having huffed and puffed for more than a year, the Big Bad EU Wolf has finally acted on its threat to punish errant member states. But it’s highly unlikely that Hungary and Poland will pay any attention at all to this latest bullying.

The EU has written to both countries advising that it is launching infringement procedures against them that could end up in the European Court of Justice and even result in financial sanctions. They have two months to respond.

So what happens next?

Don’t believe the talk of Polexit or Hungrexit, there’s no chance either of these two countries would ever leave the EU willingly. After all, with the billions of Euros they gain as net beneficiaries of the bloc’s munificence, it makes no sense to quit. Money talks.

Unthinkable as it is, quit is what they would have to do. The EU has no effective mechanism to expel a member state because the unanimity requirement undermines any attempt to do so. The oft-mentioned Article 7 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty might permit voting rights to be stripped from any member state that is in “serious and persistent breach” of the hallowed EU values but as long as Poland and Hungary have each other's backs, Brussels is powerless. Neither of these turkeys will........

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