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A ‘three step’ Brexit solution, including an ambitious transitional arrangement, is key to meeting the aspirations of the British people and reaching a mutually beneficial long-term relationship with the EU, argues a new briefing authored by Professors Damian Chalmers and Anand Menon published by Open Europe.
25 July 2016
Damian Chalmers and Anand Menon author this publication in a personal capacity and the views expressed therein do not necessarily reflect those of Open Europe.
The ‘three step’ solution proposed would see the UK leave the EU towards the end of 2018 and enter a transitional arrangement, possibly lasting until 2024, which would offer the time and space needed to more coolly and calmly negotiate a long-term agreement. Part of the process of arriving at such a solution would be the intense involvement of both stakeholder and non-stakeholder society to elucidate far more clearly what British citizens desire from a new relationship with the EU.
The authors argue that the outcome of the EU referendum should set the parameters for a transitional agreement in which:
The authors conclude that the hurdles to such a transitional agreement should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, it could appeal to EU partners since it secures a quick Brexit and allows a high degree of economic predictability while negotiating a longer-term deal. Within the UK, such an arrangement would allow the broadest possible participation in the process of untangling the UK from EU law as well as allowing this disentanglement to take place in a speedy and orderly manner. And, crucially, such a transitional deal would offer the best hope of arriving at a mutually satisfactory longer term relationship between the UK and the EU.
Damian Chalmers is Professor of European Union Law at the National University of Singapore and the London School of Economics and Political Science
Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London and Director of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative www.ukandeu.ac.uk @anandmenon1
Both write in a personal capacity and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Open Europe.