Either the EU gets tough in its demands, by threatening to shut out firms from countries like China that remain closed – barring them from tendering for public contracts in Europe
The aim and point of trade is not to make exports. It is to purchase imports. Those lovely things that Johnny Foreigner can make better/cheaper than we can.
Exports are just the shite we do to afford them.
To ban imports from people who will not buy our exports is simply insane. Who cares whether they will buy our trains, pottery, planes, cars? What we want is their cheap spanners, low cost solar cells and mountains of tchotchke. So we should buy these from them, whatever they deny their own citizenry by excluding the results of our labours.
Our lives are made better by having low cost spanners, cells and tchotchke. So we should act in our best interests and ignore whatever fucks ups they might be making.