UK withdrawal from the EU may be avoidable after all. Here’s how
With apologies for posting another piece about Britain’s future vis-à-vis the EU so soon after the last one — it’s difficult to keep up with events — I commend to you today’s offering on Ephems, “UK withdrawal from the EU may be avoidable after all. Here’s how“, which you can read by visiting http://www.barder.com/4709. This post quotes an official document of the European parliament which envisages the possibility of “informal discussions” between an EU member state contemplating withdrawal and the other EU governments and EU institutions before the state in question takes the (probably irrevocable) step of a formal notification of intended withdrawal under the Lisbon treaty’s Article 50. I explore possible ways in which this option could be used to make the case for a second referendum or an election either to confirm or to revise the verdict of the referendum on 23 June. This could begin almost at once, certainly without waiting for David Cameron’s successor to be chosen. It would also give time for consultations with the devolved governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland about the legal and political problems that a Brexit would pose for them and for Westminster. These might also affect the outcome of any second referendum or election.
To read the details of the scenario I envisage, to read others’ comments on it and (I hope) to contribute your own, please visit http://www.barder.com/4709. Your comments are very welcome — if contributed there, please, not in reply to this email.
With a certain reviving cheerfulness from a mainly sunny Sunday in London
26 June 2016