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Old 14.07.2016, 11:49
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Legally, the UK is member of the union as long as article 50 has not been invoked as the referendum was legally purely consultative. In other words, May wants to negotiate the Brexit as a full member of the EU, while the EU wants to do what is in EU treaty. However, if May wants to be a full member of the EU for a while she is disregarding the referendum results for a while too, then there is no Brexit to negotiate in the first place. From a German perspective, May wants to be a EU state free from EU law. Yep, that's what it will be like in the coming years....
Nope, according to art50.3 full membership continues for two years after art.50 has been invoked (unless the two years are extended or the leave agreement has been signed before that deadline).

Negotiations are not the same as preliminary talks. They will find a way, it's in their common interest.

The UK act on the referendum says only that a vote is to be held, not what happens in case of a yes. So one could argue that the UK government has not been orderd to invoke article 50, making it illegal and therefore in contradiction to art50.1; I wonder what would happen if somebody called on the European Court of Justice after May invokes art.50, arguing exactly that

But yes, May will do whatever she can (and then some) to improve UK negotiating position. It's her job after all.
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