Brexit is not the End of EU - After-Brexit: Europa-Abkehr stoppen


Brexit is not the End of EU

The majority of the British people have decide: Brexit. While strongly regretting this decision we respect, of course, the outcome of a free and democratic process. The British decision is a sad news but not a tragic one. The European Union will continue to exist: it is not dead and will not die.

Brexit must motivate all people believing in a European unity to strongly uphold, more than before, the most fascinating democratic project ever seen in the history of humanity; a project of peace, freedom and well-being of peoples

The European Union is not just an option but an undeniable necessity  for our future in Europe and, more than ever also for contributing to guarantee stability and peace worldwide, values  which are threatened by the insecurity of our life that we have been experiencing in the last years.

The European Institutions and the British government must now proceed according to the Treaties’ procedures to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, even if it might be a painful process.

Any delay would hamper the normal processes foreseen to implement the EU’s goals.

The withdrawal negotiations can’t of course keep for the UK benefits and privileges offered by the common market even if realism must apply.

However, I believe that the British young generations, which express themselves in favor of remaining in the European Union, will contribute to create conditions for facilitating in future acceptable relations between the European Union and UK as a third country, relations that must reflect in any case the interests of both sides and be balanced in terms of rights and obligations.

However, British people can’t think to make use of the common market for their business only, which was practically in the past the almost UK’s unique motivation to be part of the European Union.

Brexit will have for sure influence on the attitude of nationalist political forces within the European Union to further threaten the European project.

We need to strongly oppose this trend by explaining people the great benefits of the European unity. Many things should and can be changed in the European Union’s system,  but in doing this time has come for politicians to shape the new Europe thinking more at the next generations then to the next elections, as the founding Fathers did. They wanted a European unity based on values and not as an ATM to satisfy national egoisms, as too many national governments have considered Brussels.

We need to take a definitive positive approach to the European debates quitting sterile time-serving attitude which have always proved to produce negative outcomes.

Even journalists, notwithstanding of course right and duty of criticism, must be more responsible in providing the correct information about principles, values, goals and benefits of European unity.

The UK has decided to withdraw from the European Union, but politicians and journalists are not allowed to withdraw from the responsibility towards the future generations.

Paolo Magagnotti

EJ President

After-Brexit: Europa-Abkehr stoppen

Einen abrupten Rauswurf aus der EU wird es nach dem Brexit-Votum nicht geben. In Artikel 50 des EU-Vertrages heißt es dazu u.a.:

(2) Ein Mitgliedstaat, der auszutreten beschließt, teilt dem Europäischen Rat seine Absicht mit. Die Union handelt mit diesem Staat ein Abkommen über die Einzelheiten des Austritts aus.

(3) Die EU-Verträge finden auf den Staat ab dem Tag des Inkrafttretens des Austrittsab-kommens oder andernfalls zwei Jahre nach der in Absatz 2 genannten Mitteilung keine Anwendung mehr.

Zwei Szenarien sind denkbar: Bindet man durch zahlreiche Einzelverträge (vgl. Schweiz, Norwegen) die Briten an den gemeinsamen Binnenmarkt oder setzt sich die „harte Trennung“ durch, die für Großbritannien nach der Zweijahresfrist einen spürbaren Konjunk-tureinbruch und  erhebliche Arbeitsplatzver-luste bedeuten würde, inkl. Kollateralschäden in der gesamten EU. In Brüssel glauben viele, mit dieser Variante könnte der Trend zur Abkehr von Europa gestoppt werden.   Nur durch Abschreckung ließen sich Italiener, Dänen oder Schweden daran hindern, Londons Beispiel zu folgen. Dabei drohen mal wieder die überfälligen Reformen aus dem Blick zu geraten: wirksamer Stabilitätspakt, Steuergerechtigkeit, Bankenunion, Konzen-tration auf wesentliche EU-Politikfelder. Sub-sidiarität heißt das Zukunftswort, mit dem Brüssel auf das Briten-Votum reagieren muss.

Rotger H. Kindermann