by our London Correspondent
( March 11, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) There is a lot of hot air in Brussels at the 28 member EU Summit, the last before Britain’s anticipated exit. Jean Claude Junker, President of the European Union has said at a Press Conference:
“I don’t like Brexit because I would like to be in the same boat as the British.”
He went on further to say jauntily:”The day will come when the British will re-enter the boat.”
His second term as President officially expires in 2019 but rumour has it that he may retire as early as next month.
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU Member the right to quit unilaterally and outlines the procedure for doing so.
Before this Treaty was signed in 2007 there was no way to legally leave the EU.
It gives the leaving country two years to negotiate an exit deal.
Once Article 50 is triggered it cannot be stopped except by unanimous consent of all the Member States.
In November 2016 the High Court in Britain ruled that the Government cannot trigger Art.50 without MP’s voting on the matter first. The Supreme Court upheld the ruling in January 2017.
Any deal brokered between the UK and the European Commission will have to be cleared by the European Parliament which has veto power to reject it.
Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to start formal divorce talks with the EU as early as next week.
The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which established the European Economic Community and laid the foundations for the European Union falls later in March this year. This Treaty was signed by another Conservative British Prime Minister, Edward Heath on 25 March 1957.