Saturday, 13 August 2016

The Guardian: Whether leavers like it or not, Europe has a say on how Brexit will happen

The Guardian: Whether leavers like it or not, Europe has a say on how Brexit will happen

by Jonathan Freedland

In the EU case, there are at least 27 other parties involved, each with a veto. The Bloomberg survey makes clear that post-Brexit negotiations will be a game of 27-dimensional chess. Theresa May won’t be able simply to stitch together a deal with Angela Merkel. She’ll have to accommodate, say, Spain’s wish for joint sovereignty over Gibraltar or Denmark’s desire for reciprocal fishing access. The eastern European states will demand that Britain make a financial contribution to the EU in return for privileged single market access. And on it will go, times 27.

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