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UK should take more time to reflect on its separation from EU

Jul 07,2018 - Last updated at Jul 07,2018

The UK and the EU are locked in an acrimonious “divorce” controversy called Brexit, whose final shape and form remains in a state of limbo pending the resolution of some complications that developed along the way.

London had petitioned for and decided on this "divorce" more than two years ago, but a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.

From the looks of things, the "divorce" terms are going to be hard for both sides and the date for the final dissolution of the partnership is March 29, 2019; only eight months from now. As the usual divorce narratives go, when the partners cannot agree on the final settlement conditions, the wise thing to do is to avoid a crisis by putting off the date of the divorce until another time in the future, after a cooling off period. Besides, divorces are never win-win situations, and both sides would walk out with lingering bad tastes that do not seem to go away.

Against this backdrop, it would make more sense if British Prime Minister Theresa May takes more time to reflect on this separation from the EU, since the implications could be very dire and far-reaching, economically and financially, to her country.

A trial period in the form of a separation is always better than a one shot divorce. Reconciliation should not be ruled out either. The business community in the UK is up in arms against the "divorce" from the EU, and when the economic and financial implications are taken on board, the breakup of the UK from the EU would lose sense and justification.

The remedy contemplated in this case, Brexit, is worse than the problem. Ending a relationship is the easy, or rather the cowardly way out! One of the main concerns of London has been control over its borders, as it fears the free entrance not of the nationals of the other members of the EU but, and even more so, the free access of migrants to its territory.

Since the main concerns of the UK can be addressed on an ad hoc basis and without the surgical breakup of its union with the other European capitals, Prime Minister May would be well advised to deal with these concerns head on rather than seek a complete "divorce" from the EU nations.

Divorces are never a solution and they always leave sour consequences. Offering the UK citizens another occasion to express themselves on Brexit may still offer an amicable way out for all sides. After all, well intentioned people often change their minds, and most probably for a good reason. The past two years can be viewed as a cooling off period, a period for reflection. Who knows, the British people may, indeed, have changed their verdict.

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Oh dear Samuel, the polls also said very firmly that people would vote remain, look how that worked out!

As a British Citizen, I can name multiple people I know who voted leave due to the un-democratic nature of the EU. I cannot think of one person who voted leave out of xenophobia. Please explain to me how exactly thinking someone from, lets say Jordan, should have the same right to apply for work in the UK as someone from France, is xenophobic? At the moment, someone from France could come and fill the position no questions asked. The xenophobia label was given by the 'Remain' Campaign as a means to gain votes for remain - i.e. "I'm not racists/xenophobic/bigoted, I will vote Remain!" Consider this - is it not more xenophobic to give people from predominantly white, Christian Countries free entry, while excluding the rest of the world...?

I think that you also do not understand how the EU is structured or functions, much like the author.

I AM NOT SURE WHAT STEVEN MEAN BY SAYING THAT BRITISH CITIZENS VOTED TO LEAVE EU BECAUSE THEY WANT TO OPEN UK TO THE WORLD!!. FROM ALL THE POOLINGS CONDUCTED IN UK, IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT UK VOTED TO LEAVE EU BECAUSE OF XENOPHOBIA AND NOT TO OPEN UK TO THE WORLD. IT MAY ALSO BE NICE FOR STEVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE POWER OF DEMOCRACY LIES ON THE FACT THAT CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHTS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE LIED TO AND SUCKED INTO ANY PUBLIC POLICY THAT IS CONTRARY TO THEIR MORAL VALUES.

The Author is a bit confused, the Leave/Remain Referendum was held over two years ago on June 23rd 2016, however the two year deadline for the UK to exit the EU was not set until the UK notified the EU of its intention to withdraw (‘triggering Article 50’). This notification was delivered by the UK Government on 29th March 2017, hence why the final date as stated is 29th March 2019. The 2 year period was already legally established under the Treaty of Lisbon, it is legally impossible for either side to change this date (without the rapid passing of legislation amendments, which would not happen).

The issue raised of controlling boarders is only one of many reasons UK Citizens Democratically chose to leave the EU. The proposed ‘solution’ of simply holding another referendum because the author thinks there might be a different result is a very dangerous notion to a functioning democracy. You don't just simply keep holding referendums (or elections) until the 'right' answer is obtained.

The British Public have had 40 years to consider and observe both our relationship with the EU and witness the direction it is heading, to propose the British need more time as a ‘cooling off’ period shows a complete ignorance of the situation. Furthermore, to suggest the majority of the British Public are cowards is quite frankly an insult that demonstrates the authors lack of knowledge. The UK is not ending the relationship, the UK is changing the relationship. The majority of the British Public voted Leave because they want the Government to stop looking inwards towards the EU and open up the UK to the world, as a democracy we refuse to be further dictated to by the EU Commission (which is unelected by the way!) and we reject further integration of the EU (as proposed) which would see the EU turning in to a United States of Europe. I would hardly say that is the act of cowards, not to mention the UK’s demonstrable historical record on the European and World Stage to the contrary.

TO TAKE MORE TIME BEFORE SEPERATION MEANS MORE IMMIGRATIONS AND MIGRATION WHICH WAS THE MAIN REASON WE HAVE BRIXIT IN THE FIRST PLACE. MR SADI CAN COSIDER CONSIDER THE ROLE THAT " NIMBY " PLAYS IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

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