In spite of their stated desire to keep the UK in the EU (probably for selfish reasons), Germany will no longer have a thorn in its side. The UK, as a country, was the biggest hindrance to the Union cohesively moving forward and now, as already can be seen here in this article, the shoe is on the other foot and the EU has begun dictating terms of the UK departure.
The EU will quickly get over any perceived loss and begin to coalesce (even if others exit) while pushing the UK further away. The EU will realize that they no longer need or want the UK and it is sometime after that, that the UK will plead to come back (Hosea 7:11) but it will be too late!
Addressing a press conference half an hour later, Tusk said: “There is no need to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels or in London. After all most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together not drift apart.”
Tusk said that Brexit would bind the remaining 27 member states together, and that the council and the European commission had a strong mandate to protect the EU’s interests. But he added: “As for me I will not pretend I am happy…”
The European parliament’s resolution, which is understood to echo the thinking of the European commission and the European council, whose members comprise the 27 remaining EU states, says Brexit will be an “unprecedented and regrettable event as a member state has never left the European union before” but that “this exit must be arranged in an orderly fashion so as not to negatively affect the European union, its citizens and the process of European integration”.
The chamber’s general principles for the coming talks include that:
- a future relationship agreement between the European union and the UK “can only be concluded once the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the EU”.
- there may be a transitional deal for after 2019 to ensure that custom controls and barriers on trade are not enforced on day one of Brexit, but that these arrangements should not exceed three years and will be “limited in scope as they can never be a substitute for union membership”.
- the European court of justice will be responsible for settling any legal challenges during the transition period.
- the UK will be able to revoke its notification of article 50 but this must be “subject to conditions set by all EU27 so they cannot be used as a procedural device or abused in an attempt to improve the actual terms of the United Kingdom’s membership”.
- should Britain seek to negotiate any free trade deals with other countries while it is still an EU member state, there will be no future discussion of a deal with the union.
- there will be no special deal for the City of London “providing UK-based undertakings preferential access to the single market and, or the customs union”.
- the cut-off date after which EU nationals coming to the UK lose the automatic right to residency in the UK must not be before 29 March 2019, when the country leaves the EU, or the British government will be breaking EU law.
- Britain should pay all its liabilities “arising from outstanding commitments as well as make provision for off-balance sheet items, contingent liabilities and other financial costs that arise directly as a result of its withdrawal”.
- the outcome of the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship “cannot involve any trade-off between internal and external security including defence cooperation, on the one hand, and the future economic relationship, on the other hand”.
Source: First EU response to article 50 takes tough line on transitional deal | Politics | The Guardian