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What Brexit might mean...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by FrankWolley, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    By someone who is in a position to know*:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/24/michael-gove-deal-britain-member-state-eu

    As someone who was involved in last week’s negotiations with David Cameron on a new deal for the UK in the European Union, I have been astonished by the reception this deal has received in the British media and in particular from some members of the Conservative party.

    Cameron’s deal is significant because the contracting parties have agreed to change the nature of the UK’s relationship with Europe. The justice secretary,Michael Gove, is being disingenuous in claiming these changes are “not legally binding”. After months of work 28 EU leaders, the European commission and the European parliament have come together to support this deal. The reforms need to be locked down in treaty change, but as long as the UK votes to remain, this is what will happen.

    As a Belgian I have an ingrained love for surrealism, but Johnson’s strategy is beyond surreal

    I am no supporter of Cameron but it is obtuse for others to suggest this settlement amounts to a few “minor tweaks” of Britain’s EU membership. The prime minister succeeded against the odds, and the reality is that Britain has been offered a bespoke form of EU membership, which no one else has. It offers the UK a de facto opt-out of the principle of an “ever closer union of the peoples of Europe”. Guarantees are in place exempting Britain from further political integration and from ever having to bail out eurozone countries.


    *Guy Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium, was a negotiator on the UK’s revised EU membership
     
  2. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Naturally we have his cast-iron guarantee that this will happen.......
    It would have been better had the referendum occurred after the changes(such as they are) had been ratified
     
    wanet likes this.
  3. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

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