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Is it easy to negotiate an exit from the EU?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by FrankWolley, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Short answer - no.

    Only country to have done it is Greenland (population at the time: 53,000... same as Bootle or Canterbury) -


    It took Greenland (a country of 53,000 people) 3 years to extricate themselves with an exit agreement (The Greenland Treaty) which was finalised in February 1985.

    Not long after, Greenland Prime Minister Kuupik Kleist said life is good outside the EU. He has free access to the European markets for his exports of fish, he says. But what about other exported goods? He pauses, then laughs. “We don’t export anything else but the fish.”

    3 years!!! The UK has a population more than one thousand times larger, and exports more than 4,500 different product nomenclature to the EU. Make no mistake, it is going to be longer than the 2 years allowed in Article 50 folks for Brexit.
  2. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    The EU totally controls their fishing industry. The EU (and therefore the UK) taxpayer subsidises the industry by about 12 million euros a year. Life is good outside the EU but maybe that's because the 50,000 inhabitants will receive 220 million more euros in subsidies between now and 2020 mostly for improving Greenland's schools and vocational college. Its economy cannot exist without aid. Much of its economy and nearly all of its public sector relies on massive subsidies from Denmark - amounting to about 600 million euros a year.
    Greenland is not even a fully independent state but life living outside the EU but on EU and Danish benefits is certainly good for the Greenlanders.
    Because of all that, I don't see how any similarity exists between Greenland leaving the EU and the UK doing so.
    wanet likes this.

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