Actually just trade; the UK was never part of the Schengen Agreement (separate from the EU), so you always had to go through customs, etc… whenever going to or from the UK, even to other EU nations.
That’s one of the things some people don’t realize- what they think of as “the EU” is a little bit smaller than what they think- the Eurozone and the Schengen Agreement are largely contiguous with, but separate from the EU, and the UK was never part of either.
It is a sad day for Europe and I hope the English (it is the English and not the other British mostly) become more sober and have another reflection. Without them the EU does not have a good and strong voice for the liberalism which is sad.
Eh voila, it is about Fear of the Muslims, and the Fetish of Israel and the Shining America…
Very strange the world view behind this, very strange.
No everything happening in the world must indeed tie back to the Angelic USA + the Israel-USA + theEvil Muslim Hordes + the Communist promotion of the transgenderism that is so scary etc.
This is an ignorant fantasy that requires not knowing anything practical of how the trade zone works and the mistake it is the EU regulations not the domestic. The British will still face, as do the Norwegians and the Swiss and all others of the Economic Area the EU regulations, except they will not fight for a liberal approach.
it is hard to believe this is a serious comment… provocateur is a synonym perhaps.
Why did not Cameron put a condition of some large percent and/or that all the Regions or the components of the UK must vote also in favor? It seems to me a kind of stupidity after the narrowness of the Scottish referendum to not to have made clear conditions of a full consensus among the parts of the UK!
Can you, or another Brit, explain to us ignorant colonials how this all works? Does parliament have to go along with this referendum, and what if conditions change between now and next year? Could there be another referendum?
What if Parliament voted to stay in? The ruling party might risk being thrown out, but if there is another general election, there will be all sorts of other issues that come into play.
Then he seems to deserve the scorn that is being heaped on him… what a stupid thing to do after the close call with the Scottish referendum and the history of the opinion polls with strong differences regionally about the EU… Very stupid risk to take. It is very hard to understand.
Even if I think also that the levels of doom are exagerated I still think that ITR champion is naively thinking that everything will be fine and the promises of the ones supporting the leave campaign will be fulfilled.
When Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, tells you that he never promised that all the money given as contribution to the EU would go to the British Health care when the propaganda did told the British that that was the case if Leave succeeded; it points to a lot of the promises that UKIP and others made to get the Leave vote to be pie in the sky, and unlikely to become reality.
What are the long-run possibilities? The conventional wisdom is that this cannot be reversed but is that really true? The young voted strongly for remain and over a period of time the older leave voters will pass away so isn’t it possible that Britain will return to the EU in say 15 years especially if the latter has got its economic act together again?
The real process begins with the government of the United Kingdom invoking formally with Brussels the Article 50. It is not automatic and I read that the voting under the UK law was not legally binding on the government. So there are steps still.