Exeunt – In Practice

[section is_fullwidth=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” video=”” auto_generated=”1″ _made_with_builder=”true”][row][column width=”1_1″ _made_with_builder=”true”][text_block text=”<p><span style="font-size:70%;">1st May 2015</span></p><p>Exeunt uses a mechanism the EU makes available to every signatory of the Lisbon Treaty – Article 50. It allows a country to securely negotiate, evaluate and bring into force a new Agreement to replace EU membership. The Article is wrapped by Exeunt's two referendums, which provide voters with <strong>pre-agreed</strong> and <strong>risk-free</strong> outcomes to choose between. At the same time, Exeunt empowers the government to seek an <strong>ambitious package of concessions</strong> from the EU – which would form the basis of an independent Britain's new relationship with Brussels. This diagram shows each step of the procedure of Exeunt – in practice …</p>” _made_with_builder=”true”][/text_block][/column][/row][row][column width=”2_3″ _made_with_builder=”true”][media_image image=”{"attachment_id":"755","url":"\\/\\/exeunt.co.uk\\/wp-content\\/uploads\\/2014\\/12\\/exeunt-diag2.jpg"}” width=”100%” height=”100%” link=”” target=”_self” _array_keys=”{"image":"image"}” _made_with_builder=”true”][/media_image][divider style=”{"ruler_type":"space","space":{"height":"20"}}” _array_keys=”{"style":"style"}” _made_with_builder=”true”][/divider][media_image image=”{"attachment_id":"864","url":"\\/\\/exeunt.co.uk\\/wp-content\\/uploads\\/2014\\/12\\/banner4.jpg"}” width=”100%” height=”100%” link=”” target=”_self” _array_keys=”{"image":"image"}” _made_with_builder=”true”][/media_image][text_block text=”<p>The <strong>Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties</strong> (VCLT) is a set of rules to which the EU treaties – including Lisbon – are bound. If a treaty fails to provide for a course of action, it is the VCLT's stipulations which hold sway. Article 50 states that withdrawal from the EU <em>takes effect</em> "from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement". However, as Article 50 lacks any provision to revoke the withdrawal process before that date, a State wanting to do so must look to the VCLT's rules for that procedure. Article 68 of the VCLT states that a notification to withdraw "<strong>may be revoked at any time before it takes effect</strong>".</p>” _made_with_builder=”true”][/text_block][media_image image=”{"attachment_id":"874","url":"\\/\\/exeunt.co.uk\\/wp-content\\/uploads\\/2014\\/12\\/grey-rule.jpg"}” width=”100%” height=”100%” link=”” target=”_self” _array_keys=”{"image":"image"}” _made_with_builder=”true”][/media_image][divider style=”{"ruler_type":"space","space":{"height":"100"}}” _array_keys=”{"style":"style"}” _made_with_builder=”true”][/divider][/column][column width=”1_3″ _made_with_builder=”true”][text_block text=”<p><font color="#999999"><strong>Key Points:</strong></span></p><div style="line-height: 1.2em;"><p style="font-size: 85%;"><strong><font color="#524f95">Referendum 1 (YES/NO?)</font></strong><br />Whatever the result of this vote, Britain will <strong>NOT</strong> be leaving the EU. Its purpose is limited to determining public consent to EU membership. If consent is withheld (NO), the government has grounds to act with the intention to withdraw from the EU.</p><div style="line-height: 1.2em;"><p style="font-size: 85%;"><strong><font color="#524f95">Invoke Article 50</font><br /></strong>This formal notification of Britain&rsquo;s <strong>intention</strong> to withdraw from the EU is a precondition for opening negotiations towards a new Agreement. This Agreement will be used if voted into force (in place of EU membership) in the second referendum.</p><div style="line-height: 1.2em;"><p style="font-size: 85%;"><strong><font color="#524f95">Negotiation</font><br /></strong>The government will press for <strong>concessions</strong> from the EU in return for its participation in a mutually beneficial relationship. Whatever each party is prepared to concede during these negotiations will decide the content of a new Agreement.</p><div style="line-height: 1.2em;"><p style="font-size: 85%;"><strong><font color="#524f95">Consultation</font><br /></strong>The concluded new Agreement (endorsed by both EU and British governments) is discussed and analysed with the Britain public in preparation for the second referendum.</p><div style="line-height: 1.2em;"><p style="font-size: 85%;"><strong><font color="#524f95">Referendum 2 (IN/OUT?)</font><br /></strong>The electorate chooses between bringing the new Agreement into immediate force (ending EU membership), or returning consent to EU membership. If consent is returned, the government has grounds to revoke Article 50 and the matter is closed.</p></div></div></div></div></div><p></font></p>” _made_with_builder=”true”][/text_block][/column][/row][/section]

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