VSwas the last thing the Commission wanted to do. For tactical reasons. So as not to give the impression that all hope of finding a post-Brexit deal was lost. In order not, the first, to let the British understand that there was no longer any point in negotiating: the Union does not in any way want to be held responsible for the failure. But faced with the increasingly palpable specter of a “no deal”, the European executive had to cross the Rubicon, this Thursday, the day after a long dinner between Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson in Brussels – without breakthrough. The Commission has drawn up a series of temporary “emergency measures”. They will be useful if there is no agreement on December 31. Or at the inexorable end of the “transition period”, during which London is still part of the “common market”.