Brussels knows it can’t force the UK’s hand over Brexit

BRUSSELS — Don’t be fooled by the angry tone: The EU’s deadline for the U.K. to drop its plan to break components of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was less an ultimatum than a bit of friendly advice.

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič pointedly gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government until the end of the month to revise legislation that would pick apart the Brexit treaty.

But if the U.K. ignores that demand, as Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said…

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