Exeunt – British EU Withdrawal

1st May 2015

Exeunt is a straightforward procedure with which the people of Britain can make informed and reliable decisions concerning their country’s future relationship with the European Union.

Without any clutter, the procedure achieves this with two separate referendums over a period of time. The first determines public consent for Britain’s EU membership (YES or NO). A second referendum either returns that consent (as previously withheld)… or chooses a new, fully-endorsed, agreement between Britain and the EU.

Should the public consent to EU membership in the first referendum, the matter will be closed with no further need for the second one. However, Exeunt ensures there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by withholding that consent – safely mandating the government to negotiate and conclude a broad-ranging new agreement… which the public can then thoroughly examine prior to making a final decision in the second vote.

With this procedure, Exeunt understands and utilises the full range of provisions made available by the Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50… and in doing so, Exeunt is able to guarantee concrete, risk-free – yet ambitious – outcomes, tailored exclusively for Britain.

Negotiation – Not ‘Exit Plans’
Exeunt excludes all preconceived ‘plans’ for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The procedure thereby completely eliminates from public, political and media discourse all claim and counterclaim concerning these plans and the manipulative, diversionary and trivialising influence this discourse has over the democratic process. Furthermore, Exeunt recognises such plans as being grossly under-ambitious… unconditionally surrendering Britain to what they assume the EU’s demands will be in advance of a single word of negotiation having been exchanged.

‘Wait and See…’
Instead, the Exeunt procedure understands an agreement for Britain’s future relationship with the EU – whatever it may turn out to be – will be wholly determined within the two-year negotiation period provided by the Lisbon Treaty exclusively for this purpose. Exeunt does not prescribe or anticipate the contents of this agreement… the procedure only holds that it must accord with and facilitate – as far as either party to it is willing or able to bear – the fundamental desires expressed by Britain in voting to invoke the withdrawal process. In short, the agreement must remove as many obstacles as possible to Britain’s stated aspirations – at home, in Europe and globally.

The Exeunt procedure recognises that Britain’s current status – both within the EU and globally – will bear a unique and powerful influence over the content of the concluded agreement.

Voluntary Withdrawal
Throughout its procedure, Exeunt understands the provisions of Article 50 are non-committal – it being unconstitutional to commit (or seek to commit) Britain to any agreement without it having first been negotiated, concluded and consented to. In addition, the procedure recognises Article 50 as providing the means for a voluntary withdrawal from the EU. As such, Exeunt understands that an agreement – once concluded – will only come into force in the event of the British people voting to end Britain’s existing relationship with the EU.

A United Campaign
The Exeunt procedure empowers all those sharing a view on Britain’s future relationship with the EU to unite behind an easy to argue, risk-free and publicly attractive campaign to communicate that view.

 


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