From its accession to the EU in 2004, the Czech Republic has been among the most eurosceptic member states. As Czechs head to the polls on October 20-21, they are likely to elect a parliament composed primarily of eurosceptic parties, meaning a 4-year headache for Brussels.
Rather than inspiring a constructive attitude to Brexit talks in Brussels, Theresa May’s Florence speech generated yet more calls for “clarity”, and that “sufficient progress” be made before talks could advance. This lacklustre EU position is not the result of sincere consideration of May’s proposals. Rather, it looks a lot more like a deliberate tactic to either prevent Brexit, or punish Britain.