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!

IMAGE CREDITS: Public Domain – Johannes Plenio; PORTRAIT CREDITS: (c) Lord Heseltine

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar

    Yes the young will take us back in

  2. avatar

    Yes, but they’ll have to behave modestly for 20 years

  3. avatar

    According to the Treaty of Lisbon yes.

  4. avatar

    i hope Scottland will become independent asap after the Brexit shitshow has gone through and then rejoin the EU – we never wanted to leave in the first place!

  5. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Could the UK ever re-join the EU?

    This question is misleading. The Treaty, as it is offered from the EU, is not a Leave deal. It is simply a shift of emphasis to pull the wool over the eyes of the voter. The UK will be in a very close situation similar to what it presently has. And that is well known as a fact. What is happening is, the general public are being duped.

    The General Election for December, as it stands, is fake policies that cannot be put into practice by all parties offering their governance. And it is very frightening. There is little or no difference in what is being offered by any of them, they are all Remain in the EU, no matter how they are spinning it.

    Additionally, no one is emphasising we have been in the EU, under one form or another for 40 or more years and as a result we are in the mess we are in. We are presently under EU legislation and have been since we were set up by Ted Heath in the seventies. Yet, the so called politicians they are selecting to take the place of those we have had to put up with for some time, are totally incompetent. They simply have no knowledge of what they are debating and offering as a way forward. They are reading from set paperwork, equivalent to school kids wanting to please a teacher. Some, barely able to speak English.

    This is EU dominated with no way out as it is. And yet the bell is not ringing as it should. The Brexit party is unable or not wanting to offer a proper disconnect from this stranglehold. Even Farage has fell away from the front line. Leaving us without much hope of free rule and a rigged vote.

    Remember what we have now is directly from being under EU rule for almost a half a century. And no change means we are imprisoned in their horror show as we have it today. No matter what they pretend is on offer.

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    Never say never in politics..but evidentially EU will have to go thru fundamental change in next decade or so as current economic & social structures are untenable for todays members let alone thoughts of enlargement…can see some form of inner core with associate membership with looser afiliation on social issues….but lets see what happens with next economic meltdown.

  7. avatar

    Never. Tories out. England out. Fascists out

  8. avatar

    Everything could hapen, but midterm after the Brexit the UK Will boast a healthier economy than the EU.

  9. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Could the UK ever re-join the EU?

    In this document you will read the outcome of the latest ‘Treaty Agreement’ made by the UK and the EU and the true outcome of what is termed a Brexit deal. It clearly states that the deal does not take the UK out of European control in any sense of the meaning of that declaration.

    This means that unless the population of the UK understand the content of our PM’s deal fully and vote accordingly, they will remain inside EU jurisdiction for the foreseeable future, should they make the wrong choice. Meaning that we will remain subjects of EU rule for an eternity if we believe we are voting out under this so called Brexit deal……. It is the EU deal offered May as she told it. It was never Mays or the British deal. And it was only added to in order to get it through Parliament on account of it having been run through and rejected three times before. It could not be listed again for a vote without amendment.

    Now, it cannot be said we didn’t know what we were voting for any longer. It is here in black and white for us to peruse and digest…. That is, should our press and media put it out there for the masses.

  10. avatar

    the day they start driving the right side of roads

  11. avatar

    C’est ce que j’ai toujours dit : la Grande-Bretagne veut quitter l’UE tout en souhaitant y rester pour pouvoir la quitter tout en y restant…

  12. avatar

    Avec des politiciens véreux, manipulateurs, dangereux psychopathes, menteurs, comme Farage, Johnson, le Pays est profondément dans la merde et N est pas prête à s en sortir. Je rappelle que le référendum était ni plus ni moins une consultation, le certain et arrogant Premier à l époque à mise sur le mauvais cheval ! Je tiens également à rappeler que 72% de la population n à pas été voté !!! Et ça ce dit un pays démocratique, 72% N ont exprimé aucune opinion, eux sont les gagnants. Que les politiques de tout bords cessent de prendre des gens pour des bebiles et de faire passer les intérêts de parti avant celui du publique. On retourne actuellement à la situation des années 30 avec toutes le catastrophes connues, mais on a la memoire hélas très très courte !! NB valable pour la politique scandaleuse de la Belgique actuellement, bandes de débiles qui ne veulent pas dialoguer, aussi une belle bande de crapules.

  13. avatar

    They can rejoin, but with the same rules as other EU-memberships. No more exceptions.

  14. avatar

    If they wish to rejoin, will they join as full members or as a member with privileges?
    I also think that the EU needs stronger checks and controls as to who is a member as so many new nations seem to join but then are against the philosophy and the workings of the EU!
    After Brexit, everyone will have to become a little bit more modest (that includes the EU as well).

  15. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Could the UK ever re-join the EU?

    Let me come at this from a different direction: What kind of mentality has a person who plays the lottery every week at odds of 40 million to one and yet hesitates on odds of 3 to 1 (the political parties) The worst that can happen is, we stay where we are. Cast your bread upon the water, the risk is ‘not’ choosing, but staying as you are. We are a nation of stalwart people, let’s tell the rest of the world that our politicians have it wrong, NOT US !!

  16. avatar

    They voted out. They must exit. Later may vote to rejoin, but now leave.

  17. avatar

    Why leave if they think to rejoin…

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      people can change their minds. If it’s true young people voted remain and older people voted leave, in a few years the vote could very well be “rejoin”.
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      It is very serious to choose with what economy zone country should go, I see people doesn’t look at it seriously and changing mind like every day.

  18. avatar

    Yes, they could rejoin, but without privileges.

  19. avatar

    They should become an American state, God knows they want to be

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      That’s ridiculous. Really. You can trust me. That is not what they want.

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      no they do in all but name.

  20. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Could the UK ever re-join the EU?

    I feel the only way we will truly get out of it is if the European EU States take mercy on British people and deny them the right to remain in there with you. We are in a situation where we have been trapped by our politicians to Remain in the club without our majority consent. Democracy is something you tell us you believe in.

    On top of this, we are being lied to on a daily basis about what is planned to do to keep us in.

    But, then, you know that, as you are in there, conspiring with them to do it. Perhaps we can get help from the Eastern States? You can refuse to allow this abuse to take place and reject the application. Our Democracy depends on it.

  21. avatar

    Only a generation later. It will be impossible to judge whether leaving is successful unless we either crash horribly or start an economic miracle. Our lack of ability to do trade around the world vs some of our competitors is, I am afraid, little to do with being members of the EU, it is more down to a) our belief in fair play – which is not the way most of the world works, b) our colonial history – which still creates negative feelings in many of the growing economies (note the opium wars are a central part of Chinese historical teaching), and c) funnily enough the fact the english is the international lingua franca – it is harder to meet a Chinese person halfway in a a commercial discussion when we are speaking in our own mother tongue – a Frenchman or German speaking English is meeting that trading partner halfway – this appears to have a significant psychological impact on our international confidence.

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