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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The UK has slammed the door, so let’s start divorce proceedings | Opinion | The Guardian

The UK has slammed the door, so let’s start divorce proceedings | Opinion | The Guardian:

"There is still virtually nobody in Brussels who thinks that Brexit is a good idea, for the UK or for the rest of the EU. But decision-makers are now accepting this unpalatable reality and there is a growing impatience for the process to begin in earnest.

There was some understanding for the UK’s desire for a delay in the immediate aftermath of the referendum, recognising that it had carried out no contingency planning for a Leave vote. But now, with a new British government in place, many in Brussels believe it is time for the UK to formulate its goals and formally start divorce proceedings by triggering article 50.

This would require reaching an exit agreement within two years, dealing with the practicalities of leaving and providing an outline of the future UK-EU relationship. It would also need to include transition provisions to bridge the period until such a long-term arrangement is reached, given that those negotiations would take a few years beyond the divorce treaty."



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