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YOU DON’T NEED BLINKERS TO REALIZE THE FOLLOWING.
After four decades of legal, economic and administrative convergence, the scope of this the forthcoming negotiations is truly vast: from labour mobility to customs checks, fishing rights to patents, scientific research to counter-terrorism.
The challenge is all the greater because Article 50 stipulates that (unless the other Member States agree by unanimity to extend the period) the UK will cease to be a member of the EU within 2 years – deal or no deal.
At its core, the EU has been a political project.
It is not just a group of states that cooperate, but a group of states which have created supranational institutions that have executive and judicial authority over EU member states and that can pass laws that are directly applicable throughout the EU.
So what can be expected?
The UK starts from a weaker position than the EU because it needs a deal more.
Certainly Britain cannot be rewarded and it will not be allowed to pick and choose at will policies that it wants to participate in or abstain from.
It must decide what it is willing to concede in exchange for achieving its objectives.
On the other hand the EU will wish to avoid an acrimonious divorce that damages all parties.
Both sides must take a long-term view, beyond the possibly drawn-out negotiations that will begin in the coming months.. The EU and the UK economic links are now so interwoven that their prospects cannot be independent over any foreseeable horizon.
The big question might well boil down to, can or will the Uk pay, whatever the economical price. The British government has no legal obligation to pay for Brexit or outstanding payments into EU budget.
The EU’s €1tn, seven-year budget was negotiated in late 2013 by EU leaders including the British prime minister. It is due to expire at the end of 2020, although bills may be trickling in until 2023. This reflects that payments for EU-funded infrastructure projects, such as roads or airports, are not settled until two to three years after being promised.
It is more than likely that payment will be a principle of liability with the British government (with estimates ranging from €20bn to more than €70bn.)
A large payment would be a political problem for any UK government. however to have any negotiations they should be honoured in full.
If not in an increasingly volatile world the chill winds of solitude points to no deal.
At the end of the two-year period EU Treaties will cease to apply to the UK, even if no agreement has been reached. This will lead to a short, sharp shock, rather than a lengthy period of economic dislocation and political acrimony.
So it stands to reason that if the UK government wants goodwill from EU countries and a deal on access to European markets, agreement on the budget will be important.
For some, the most controversial question is likely to be whether it is possible to have close economic integration comparable to the single market while partly limiting labour mobility.
This will turn into a political football : EU citizens in the UK and English citizens living and working in the EU.
Reorganise Europe in two circles to accommodate the Uk will not work.
So what will be the result? It’s a tough one this.
Negotiation is crucial in all organisations and in virtually every aspect of life. In essence, negotiating is deciding what to agree on and persuading the other party to agree. The outcome does matter. Good negotiators focus on value while sellers often focus on price.
Everything go straight to the wall. May day, May Day.
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This will be an essential element of the negotiations on the orderly separation.”