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Old 14.07.2016, 11:03
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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It should only take a few months for the UK to re-enter EFTA. Exiting the EU is completed two years after invoking Article 50. Renegotiating a bilateral may take many, many years if ever as it requires approval by all 27 members, because this is an extremely dysfunctional bunch we are talking about.

The EU MUST cooperate with the UK, as there are articles in its charter on how it is to cooperate with neighbouring countries.

Plotting this course should only take until the end of the year. All that is needed here for now is stability and certainty in the process to offset overreactions and the Project Fear caused by Brexit.

The EU needs this stability with the UK more than the UK needs it.
"It should only take a few months for the UK to re-enter EFTA. " UK cannot join EFTA before leaving the EU which (as you yourself wrote) will take years.

Anyway what is the benefit of joining EFTA? UK would still have to have freedom of movement and the ECJ and the ECHR plus lots of other EU rules to follow without the benefit of being able to influence any proposed changes to EU rules.
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