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Old 13.09.2016, 11:20
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I don't see why they can't negotiate. What they can't do is sign treaties.
Since they cant sign treaties, then any individual negotiation is of little use.

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So they can theoretically set up and negotiate everything and then invoke article 50 and then sign the treaty.

In fact it would be naive to assume that there isn't already plenty of behind the scenes bartering going on. And the reactions of the likes of Junker show how uncomfortable that is making them.
Sure, lots of positioning is happening and will happen. "Leaks" to the media, position papers supporting this view or that, its all part of the EU sausage.

In the end, it will come down to one relationship with the EU, so the UK can try all it wants to influence a single country here and there, but ultimately that country will have one voice in 27, with differing degrees of weightage, when it comes to the final set up. And so far, NO country has indicated support for the UKs main demand, common market access without free movement.

Juncker is simply making a show of stating his position on the negotiations. As head of the EU bureaucracy, overseeing 27 country negotiations are what he does for a living. I dont see why this should make him uncomfortable.
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