The European Union needs to start getting clever and think out of the box. With Britain’s exit, it has to focus laser like on Europe’s long term political security and the knock on impact of Brexit among other restless members. Its argument that it will not renegotiated the Withdrawal Agreement that was drawn up in secret by a former administration without wide consultation and has failed to get through the British parliament will not wash. It needs to be much smarter in working out how best to unshackle itself with minimum disruption and to treat Johnson’s government as an ideologically-driven rogue state, willing to damage the European Project to pursue its own interests. The more upheaval, the more it will be held responsible and the more European citizens will turn against it. Blaming Britain will not work. The EU is now the adult in the room and the EU has to fix it. No-on should underestimate the consequences of European fragmentation.