by Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
"Fourth, Article 50 puts a departing member state at a disadvantage in the negotiations with the rest of the EU. That is not to say that the UK would have absolutely no influence over the withdrawal terms. But according to Article 50.4, Britain would not be in the room when member states agreed on the EU’s negotiating position; once the 27 had agreed, the Commission would then negotiate with the UK on the basis of that position, with any compromises included in the final text subject to member states’ agreement by qualified majority (Britain would not participate in this voting). The agreement would need the consent of the European Parliament. British MEPs would probably participate in the Parliament’s voting but there are only 73 of them; if more federalist MEPs decided that the Commission had conceded too much ground in the negotiations, they could block the conclusion of the treaty with the UK."