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The Brexit vote has not been the result of a threat to liberal democracy, but its own destabilising effects that we see could very well become one. The crisis paralyses the government and measures must be taken to ensure that the problems such as party loyalty that loom large are accepted as changeable rather than irreversible. The UK government, potentially with EU support, should engage in civilian consulting to see how the Brexit issue has changed the view of the citizen towards the...

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The EU should now be more engaged with British politics than ever, and proactively intervene to make a Labour-Tory bridge possible. This can then allow for the later relation between the EU and the UK to become very close and strong, whatever the final outcome. It would also provide for the EU to become a more formidable political 'actor'. 

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The Only reason why the Eu has granted an extension to the UK is because it still fears to be blamed for a tumultuous exit. This shows the EU’s willingness to continue with the UK on the best terms possible.

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THeresa May lost her best tool. The EU’s decision to grant her more time has actually weakened her I believe. 

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The Anglo-EU relationship is not one that has gone sour only now, but is the result of deep seated animosities and pragmatism. If this is the foundation now, the UK must engage more with its own and European history- notably through education- to ensure a better relationship can be guaranteed after Brexit. 

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The deadline can be extended until the 1st of July, even without elections. I believe this will not change anything, but only take May's last weapon away: the deadline. Why did the EU agree to this you think? 

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Today, we see major border commotion around for example Calais. However, could this not be the start of a new cooperation? As we know, in times of crises states tend to cooperate and here we can clearly see an opportunity to do so. I think that cooperation between the sea border states will become increasingly stronger over the years. 

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The final push has begun and before the vote we now see the Conservatives swinging the big numbers, as hammond promises to be able to release billions for stretched public services when eurosceptics drop their reservations about the Irish backstop. Do you think this is a convincing argument? 

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What would the second referendum question look like? I believe the best option is to call for a decision on either accepting the original negotiated deal or remain, the idea of a no-deal Brexit is as such off the table. Do you think this is possible? (https://constitution-unit.com/2018/09/13/if-theres-a-second-referendum-on-brexit-what-question-should-might-be-put-to-voters/) 

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Is an extension credible from the EU's side? The EU has already set out that the main extensions it is ready to give are with regards to the the UK adapting to the Withdrawal Agreement, or when there are general elections or a second referendum. There are no provisions regarding delaying the process for negotating amendments to the deal (https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/article-50-options ). So what are the chances of the EU 27 agreeing a delay to negotiate an amended...

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The Brexit is a reaffirmation of the UK's troubled relationship with Europe, as the different opt-outs and the membership in times of crisis suggests. Today, the EU is too much of a political project and it is thus very British to withdraw, preferring to keep its distance, as it always had. Brexit has not impacted what it means to be British in an international relations sense, but only confirms classic British foreign policy preferences. 

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The political impact of postponing article 50 is too large so I believe that May's original deal will go through, with the backstop set as it is. 

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On the question whether UK MPs should look at the economic forecasts? Yes, but as always politics comes first, only then economics. All MPs are well aware of having to support their voting constituencies and thus do not look necessarily at the economic impact. On the other hand, who can blame them for maybe looking past the economic reports which on the official side at least highlight the obvious: the UK is better off in the EU than out. That is nothing to work with as the vote has happened. 

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Economic forecasting is more like the so-called CNN effect of the media. There is relatively little proof that economic forecasts have affected the vote. Indeed, now again forecasts on the different scenario's do not seem to change the political debate. As they are of so little effect on the public debate, there is no reason to stop them. Indeed, they will be even of good use when the UK has left the EU, allowing for working with the prediction that was set for that specific path. 

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What does the Labour letter mean? Does it highlight the possibility of a deal where May could get the backing of enough Labour MPs this time round?

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While it is clear that the EU member states and the UK have their differences, they also have major similarities and common interests. Furthermore, the UK's voting base was misinformed about the EU's benefits and actions and the UK's position in it. Would it not be beneficial for all if the UK and the EU intensify their cultural bonds after Brexit?

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Not long ago, Nigel Farage spoke in the European Parliament about the way forward when there would be no deal. Even though I am not his biggest fan, there was a grain of truth in his question whether the EU and the UK were prepared to face each other under WTO rules. According to this article, there is insufficient preparation. Is there no ability to mend fences here? What if the UK and the EU start a separate commission to work on this issue and try together to work out how a WTO-based...

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I believe that the UK will exit the EU, and actually get everything it wants building up from there. European states like Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France etc. have just too much economic interests in the UK to make it difficult for the UK to reposition itself. Thus, the UK will exit, but only when it has all the bilateral informal agreements it needs and that will take longer than the Brexit moment planned today. 

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The unity of the EU 27 regarding Brexit has been remarkable. However, do we think that this unity will be maintained if the deal goes through and a final arrangement needs to be made? Or would then each state regard its own interests? 

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The DUP has criticised Theresa May's Backstop Plan to Northern Ireland. Is this the culmination of unconstructive critique? Do you think that it will be the DUP that will ultimately turn down the Brexit plan and make any efforts now useless? What does this tell us about the UK political establishment? 

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The EU upgraded small states' foreign policy. They can actually be the engine for Union action, as Portugal proved with itsBrexit proposals. Will Brexit cause smaller EU states to have an upgrade in their foreign policy abilities as a large power dissapears, or will they have to demand more guarantees for their voice to be heard? 

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Theresa May has a plan, and it is waiting until the end when there is no other possibility anymore than to choose between(a changed form of) Chequers or a risk-prone hard Brexit, the Parliament expected to choose the former. Is the EU's proposal for extra time wrong then? 

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Ryan Heath, the political editor at POLITICO Europe, stated at LSE yesterday that he would be surprised if today's march for the future in London would be covered. Is this symptomatic of how little the effect of Brexit on the British population is covered by European press and thus making Europeans insensitive to the British people's opinion? 

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While the mantra of a firm 27 position against the UK's weak stance is well known, what is less thought about is the void the UK will leave behind once it has finally left. I therefore advocate for asking the question: Is the EU ready for the UK leaving its ranks? I believe that the EU will suffer much more from the UK leaving than the UK itself. 

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Alexander Dossche

Ghent, Belgium

Joined this community on Oct 10, 2018

What age category are you in?
22-24

What gender do you identify as?
Male

What nationality are you? (you may list more than one)
Belgian

Which town or city do you live in?
Ghent

Highest level of education
Bachelor's Degree

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None

Employment status
Student

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If you are a student, which school/college/university are you at
LSE

Do you think there should be a second referendum on Brexit?
Yes

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