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A challenge for some eurotrib readers remains: Explain why the EU will permit the UK to set cost-free, "frictionless" legal precedent for any member's secession from the union.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 21st, 2017 at 09:02:09 PM EST
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Aug 21st, 2017 at 11:00:04 PM EST
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That's an explanation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 22nd, 2017 at 01:46:53 AM EST
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It is a denial of the premise which obviates the need for an explanation.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Aug 22nd, 2017 at 01:07:43 PM EST
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Not a denial as much as a rebuttal: the UK currently enjoys "frictionless" trade, financial services and plenty of other things with the rest of the EU28, as a member of said EU.

Once out of the EU, there is no reason for the remaining 27 to grant the UK the same facilities. As W.Schaüble put it bluntly: "In is in, out is out".

The few non-EU countries who have free trade agreements with the EU (Norway, Switzerland) had to take all the strings attached, starting with freedom of movement - the very thing which is anathema for many Brexiters.

by Bernard on Tue Aug 22nd, 2017 at 07:53:38 PM EST
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That is a explanation. Thank you.

The former replies denote unstated assumptions. Not cricket at all in the position paper writing business.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2017 at 12:51:37 PM EST
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