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Response to shenmue (Original post)

Sun Feb 11, 2018, 04:00 PM

1. Doesn't matter what they do...

They can defeat any given Brexit plan. They can call a new referendum, and have Remain win. Article 50 has already been triggered, and can't be undone. After two years, Britain has one of two choices: accepting a "Brexit plan" which sets out new treaty agreements with the EU, or exit on much-less-favorable WTO terms. What they can't do is just say, "Oh, forget Article 50, we've decided to stay." The only way they can be part of the EU after 2019 is to petition to (re)join it, just like any other non-member nation. That requires unanimous approval from the twenty-seven remaining EU nations, and if you don't think at least one will veto it "just because," I have a bridge you might be interested in. Even if, somehow, EU leadership could convince every nation to allow the U.K. back in, it would certainly come with new terms that wouldn't included the concessions they were given the first time around -- say, this time, they'd have to drop the Pound and adopt the Euro -- which would be thoroughly unacceptable to the Brits.

No, sorry, it's too late for regrets. It became too late the moment May sent the Article 50 letter. There's no turning back now. Britain will just have to make the best of a bad situation.

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