One day, the UK might actually leave the EU. No, really! I’m being serious. It might seem far-fetched, given that the UK has just blown past its “do-or-die” October deadline, but it’s not inconceivable that, sooner or later, Brexit might really happen.
Which begs the question: what would Remainers do? Would “Remain” become “Rejoin”? And, if so, would that mean Britain joining on the same terms as any other new Member State and losing its various opt-outs? Would the UK ever contemplate, for example, signing up to the euro?
What do our readers think? We had a comment from Maia, who argues: “After the UK leaves on WTO rules, the disruption of normal life will become obvious to anyone who doubted it, so there will be mass demonstrations calling for the UK to rejoin the EU.”
To get a reaction, we put Anna’s comment to Ann Widdecombe, a Member of the European Parliament for the Brexit Party. Will there be disruption to everyday life after Brexit?
For another perspective, we also put Maia’s comment to Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister under John Major and one of the most prominent pro-Europeans in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet. What would he say to Maia’s comment?
I think there will be considerable uncertainty and difficulties, leading to frustrations. I’m not, myself, in favour of advocating civil unrest, but I think the important point is to prevent Brexit going through in the first place, not to worry about the consequences at this stage.
Next up, we had a comment from Nile, who says: “The difficulties we have encountered during Brexit, trying to leave the EU, have made me see much more clearly the control they had over us. The EU have made it so difficult for us to leave, causing MP’s to resign and in-fighting, I am more convinced than ever that we should get free. If they had made it easy for us to leave, and easy for us to rejoin then the door could have remained open.”
What would Ann Widdecombe say to him? Has the EU’s Brexit strategy made it harder for the UK to ever contemplate re-joining?
Finally, how would Michael Heseltine respond?
I don’t think you understand the nature of the word ‘free’. We cannot escape the rules and regulations of our largest trading partner. If we are inside, we can influence the rules and do so in British interests. If we are outside, they will tell us what the rules are. You call that freedom, I don’t think it is freedom at all.
Could the UK ever re-join the EU? Or does Brexit mean Brexit? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!