Generation Brexit

A deal is essential, necessary and beneficial for both the EU and the UK.

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Pol Salvat
Pol Salvat | 2 months ago | in UK's and EU's Common Future

Brexit is all but an easy issue, the magnitude of this process is such that two years seem to be insufficient for a divorce. The clock is now ticking and a deal should be agreed for the benefit of both, the UK and the EU.

There is a tremendous range of fields for which a deal should be concluded, but first and foremost, a trade deal seems to be a logical starting point. Britain's economy is significantly dependant on the EU, and so is the EU on the UK, in 2016 the UK's exports to the Union represented nearly 45% of its total exports. Therefore I would advice the UK to get economic arrangements with the rest of Europe. A NAFTA-like trade deal would be a success for both parties. Not having a trade deal would only benefit the US and the BRICS. However in this free trade agreement the European Standards should be preserved for the health and security of consumers.

Mr.Barnier and Mr.Davis will also have to agree on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, their right to work and to reside should be guaranteed. British government has to take into consideration that if they damage European citizen's status, the EU will tackle Expats' rights too. The other factor for which it is important that Europeans keep the same status is for educational purposes. Britain has an outstanding educational system, gathering many of  the best universities in the world. Their student body is made for a considerable percentage of Europeans, indeed they represent a third of overseas students. Applications would fall dramatically if a reasonable price for Europeans' tuitions is not agreed.

By the same token, a deal in security collaboration is crucial. Polices and armies have to work alongside, and particularly in the fight against terrorism.

All in all, it is definitely not in the interest of the UK to go Hard Brexit, as they would potentially loose among other aspects, trade, tourism and soft power. What is more, ideally the UK should preserve all its agreements within the EU but without having to bear the disadvantages of the Union.

Tollak Bowitz 2 months ago

Interesting post! And a lot of different solutions and key issues that you're mentioning. Just to pick up on your concluding sentences. What are, in your opinion, the disadvantages of the Union?

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Pol Salvat 2 months ago

Thanks for your comment ! I have to say the Union has quite a few disadvantages; a significant loss of sovereignty, not having fully control on trade agreements, solidarity being duty, the cost of membership, too much bureaucracy and being under Brussels' authority among others.
For members of the EMU the major drawback is loosing the control of their monetary policy, but anyway this does not apply to the UK. But make no doubts that I believe the advantages of the Union outweigh the disadvantages.

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