It would be to say an understatement that the negotiations about the UK’s exit from the EU are not going well. Despite all the promises during the referendum the supporters of the Brexits have underestimated how fundamentally important is the Integration of Britain into the European economy, and they have made it clear, what sacrifices a Brexit inevitably brings.
The EU will lead to leave to a momentous choice between economic security, the membership in the internal market and the customs Union on the one hand, and one end of the divided sovereignty on the other. The Brexit advocates refuse to accept this reality. They believe that the EU will sooner or later capitulate. But the EU of 27 is not adhering to the role, which has provided the Brexit Directors. This makes the Brexit-the mood, the angrier and more determined to find a scapegoat.
Ultimately, it is a Kingdom but a matter of the United Kingdom, whether it is ready to pay the economic price for Leaving the EU. The debate in our country is still far from completed, and to plead, even at this late hour many of us, the British Public must make the final decision once all the facts are on the table.
Therefore, we ask our European partners, us – insofar as necessary – to provide time and space to make this final decision. Meanwhile, we respect your right to the British decision to leave the EU, to prepare, as long as it should.
Our government has not only underestimates the economic costs of a separation, but also the political capital invested by our European allies in the EU. This misconception leads to unrealistic hopes in the UK – not only on a far-reaching concession to the EU “at the last Minute” during the ongoing negotiations. There is even more of a delusion: namely that, once the UK left and the transition time is to run, the remaining 27 members of the principles to give up the single market and the British access grant without the need to adhere to the rules.
It is this myth that makes some Britons to call for a “blind” Brexit, at the outlet in March 2019, with unclear consequences, so the basis for the future relationship with the EU remain vague. Such a result should be the same for the UK would be unthinkable, and it would be for the EU is extremely dangerous. We insist that all of Europe’s future is concerned, to speak out strongly against it.
There are two groups, in favour of a “blind” Brexit: the naive optimist and the cynical pessimist. The naive optimists believe that the EU, once the UK is out of step, give up suddenly its legal and constitutional principles, and us a free Hand in the customs Union, a common trade policy, in case of product – and environmental standards – all in a durable relationship.
The cynical pessimists wish, however, the hardest possible Brexit and are, therefore, ready, a weak, non-binding Deal to agree with, which brings us over the threshold in March 2019. Because you know that you could tear a paper after that, just in pieces. That would be the pretext that you have been looking for for a massive program of deregulation of the labour market and the tax breaks for corporations.
For the European Council, it must be a great temptation, a “blind” Brexit agree. It sounds like a meaningful goal, and to dismiss the British without any major upheavals, from the EU and the Brexit threshold in a period of Transition. But it would not be a solution for the Brexit issue.
precedent for an exit without the rules
such A resignation agreement, the question of the Irish border, the rights of citizens and the costs of exit would be rules. But a vague political Declaration on the future would make economic relations and many other issues unresolved. That would be a dangerous Signal to destructive populism in the EU and to those who are not in the EU and well-disposed. There would then be a precedent for an exit from the EU without rules.
at the same time a Brexit poses under such conditions, the risk that the process extended over the years and the forces and resources of the EU binds, while there is no shortage of other challenges in the international trade and safety regulations. Of course, the EU must act of the 27 in the interest of their citizens, but that would not be given a “blind” Brexit.
However, the call for a “vote of the people” on the results of the negotiations will be in the UK, getting louder and louder. Everything is still in flux, and now is not the time to block future options for the UK or the EU.
no Matter, which way the UK goes in the next few weeks, there is no doubt that a strong EU is also still in the interest of the British. The EU’s ability to connect such a diverse group of States on a common legal basis, their support for human rights, free markets and free trade is a great achievement. You should never under-value or underestimate sold.
As a leader of different political traditions in the UK, we were in the past often have differing opinions. But we have something in common: our support for democracy, the rule of law, freedom of expression and free trade. The values are fundamental. It is worthwhile to defend them.
Tony Blair (Labour) was from 1997 to 2007, the British Prime Minister. Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats) from 2010 to 2015, the Deputy British Prime Minister. Michael Heseltine (Conservative Party) was from 1995 to 1997, Deputy British Prime Minister. From the English by Hans Brandt.