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Leaving the European Union: Does an OUT vote automatically mean We're OUT!?

Updated on April 30, 2016

Just over 50 days to go and the UK is on the brink

The country is equally divided at the moment between the OUT faction...
The country is equally divided at the moment between the OUT faction...
...and the IN adherents. I can't make up my mind, can anyone!
...and the IN adherents. I can't make up my mind, can anyone!

It's going to be Vote and Hope again!

After Britons and others go to vote in the referendum on June 23rd, can the winning majority of "Outers," if indeed they are the victors, assume it is all home and hosed and a mere formality for the UK to say, "Nice knowing you chaps, but were off on the next plane or ferry."
Hardy. Even if the wounded losers - which, after all, are 50% of the sitting Tory government and practically all of the Labour opposition - take it on the chin, smile bravely and check the want ads for jobs as plumbers and shoe salemen, it will take at least two years and perhaps longer to complete all the red tape to see Britain as an independent nation again. During this time, we will have to continue to abide by EU rules to a great extent, although we shall immediately lose the right to decision making.
It will be a period of adjustment while a myriad problems are addressed, not least whether the millions of ex pats on both sides will continue to be able to live in their country of choice without facing expulsion, or higher taxes, medical bills, utilities and more. It will, frankly, even under the most well oiled of conditions and benign intentions, be a bloody mess!
But what if the IN-ers aren't good losers and bow to the will of the majority of the people? Does an Out vote automatically mean those wanting to escape the EU can rest on their laurels and triumph over Brtain's fairly-won independence?
Get this. The referendum is NOT legally binding: Parliament would now have to pass a new slew of laws that would serve to extricate the UK from it's ties to the other 28 nations and satellites. This lengthy legislation would begin with the law- makers repealing the 1972 European Communities Act.
Then the House of Commons and the House of Lords would need to vote favourably on the dramatic changes in the nation's fate, and informed observers say these august bodies could vote AGAINST ratification of the desire of the people!
This would occasion a struggle by the full House of Commons and Lords, versus the Tory Government, whereupon the the treaty would receive full ratification IF the Commons did not move again against ratification within 21 days...and this process could be repeated ad infinitum, apparently!
Any serious attempt by the sitting Conservatives to go along with this process and not to whip the insurgents wanting to keep membership in order, would be political suicide...UNLESS the MP's managed to force a General Election and any new party favouring staying in Europe emerged from the debris, they could rule that their election by the people OVERULED the referendum vote, and then annuling the results!
By then, of course, we would all have gone mad and abandoned the UK like lemmings, sinking gratefull under the waves of the Channel and the North Sea. The Channel...?? A Gallic chorus reminds us it it now called La Manche and, further more, the language of the EU sans the UK is now our glorious and pure Francais! So digest that with you ros bif Anglos!
You must see this is an oversimlification of a very complex problem, but Murphy's Law tells us, "If the worst can happen, it assuredly will!"
Never underestimate the sneakiness of politicians!


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      15 months ago

      Yeah, Misty: We're out! But it will be two years of negotiation before all the hue and cry dies down. I actually voted for "Out," but I now think we are perhaps mistaken in leaving the Union, if only because the fat cats that run Britain will be less controlled now.

      I went for a longish trip today; 3 hours on the freeway; it was like dying and waking in some auto Hell! Indescribable; like LA in rush hour for 3 hours.

      Good talking to ya

      Bob x

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      C E Clark 

      15 months ago from North Texas

      Been reading how England is taking the first steps for BREXIT. I think you have a different situation over their compared to ours, since the various other countries have not always been a part of the same country like our states. Separating yourselves makes more sense to me. Should think in the event defense was necessary that y'all would come together for the general good of all European countries if it come down to it, without having to be in on everything else and have somebody else telling you what you could and couldn't do.

      Hope all is well with you Bobby. xx

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      18 months ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi sweetie: Thanks for all the good wishes and the same to you. I am just off to bed after watching a concert with Robbie Williams, have you heard of him? Top entertainer; best in UK.

      Well, 2017. The years whiz by like the spokes in a bicycle wheel clacking against a playing card...2016 was not great for me...keep in touch Misty

      R xoox

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      C E Clark 

      18 months ago from North Texas

      Hey Bobby! Hope all is well with you and that things only improve in the New Year. You know I only ever wish you good things -- an abundance of love, good health, good times, and prosperity. Hope 2017 will be your best year ever. Happy New Year! xxx

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      Jay C OBrien 

      21 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Just came across this article and the "outs" won. What now? The exchange rate of the pound sterling just dropped and the Euro is down. What say we combine the U.S. Dollar with the Pound and Euro?

      Separately, we have One World Order right Now! It started with the space program. Now Russia, Europe and USA share ground based radar to control satellites. That is how the Internet and Cell Phones work. The USA launches its satellites from Russia. We have an International Space Station. All to consolidate and save money. World Order is a Good thing and we need more of it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bob, you are so correct when you say not to underestimate politico sneakiness. If it was not for politicians, we'd never be in the mess that we are today, especially in the US. Heaven help us all.

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      2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "We wondered if the US would like to surrender its own independence as we have...not likely!"

      If Obama had his way, the US would be part of a world government.

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      2 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Yeah, Will. Obama has not endeared himself to many over here after his latest visit. He sided vigorously with Cameron and the Ins, saying the US would not look favourably on a UK not part of Europe. We wondered if the US would like to surrender its own independence as we have...not likely!



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      2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Progressive liberals have long dreamed of a one world government, the end of sovereign nations, and no borders anywhere. That's also what happening here in the US with Obama's open invitation to anyone and his refusal to control our borders.

      After experiencing subservience to Brussels, the fed-up conservatives in UK want to reverse the course, but that's not going to be allowed if progressives can stop it.


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