Campaign Agent Johnny Wordsworth
Article 50 is essentially a voluntary withdrawal from the treaty of the European Union by a member country. The process defines the series of events that takes place over 2 years that allow for the country leaving (UK) to negotiate a sound exit deal. Arguably, this is why there have been many struggles so far, the UK wants acceptable trade deals as well as many other things, whilst the European Union accepts this but must reduce the power obtained by the UK in its involvement in the EU.
As we leave we will be excluded from all EU parliament decisions. These decisions control trade, the central bank (EURO), judicial law and executive law in the EU. Although it may seem unnerving to leave our dominant control in this behind, we do perhaps have the chance to gain greater trade deals with other countries that may have once been blocked by the EU. As we cosy up to the EU in the closing days of our departure we still may be able to preserve some of our EU benefits such as free movement of labour across borders and certain trade quotas.
Once started, Article 50 can’t be stopped or extended, except by a unanimous decision and consent from particular EU parliament parties. In our case, this doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Whatever perspective you may retain, we will be leaving the European Union, for better or for worse. Theresa May last week stated that she aims to leave by the end of this month, March 2017, and if this fails, no later than April 2017.
Once we’ve left it may be a hard start but there’s a lot to look forward to. We will continue to take part in EU businesses and as stated before we may gain an array of benefits to society, culture and the economy. Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see.
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