There was a howl of anguish from the EU's unelected senior official, Herr Juncker, yesterday at the suggestion that Europe's nations might once again man their borders. The Brussels federast lost no time in contacting the democratically elected governments of the Shengen nations begging them to preserve the embryonic federal empire in its borderless state.
However, it is the immediate and compelling pressure from Europe's voters on their elected governments that will determine this issue. The EU's notion of quotas is arrant nonsense akin to herding cats; you may transport migrants around a borderless Europe but like water they will flow back. And the 'let's all have a big hug' cretins in Europe's own populations who advocate allowing the entire third world in are so out of touch with popular feeling that they probably still think Blair is a force for good.
Juncker is simply too stupid to realise that the EU can survive the return of certain borders, particularly those between the richer and poorer EU nations. Austria would dearly love to exclude Roma and Sinti more effectively, Hungary to restrict Bulgarians and so on. Borders between Austria and Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and so on are far less critical. This is a good opportunity to 'tweak' Shengen without giving too much offence to the less desirable neighbours.
But I doubt Juncker will see it this way; like many zealots his mind may simply be too inflexible. Which will encourage national action in defiance of Brussels - or widen the cracks already apparent.