You decide: Who must take charge of the Brexit chaos and why?
28 June 2016
Domestic and continental politicians are all airing their views on whether, when and how we should leave the bloc. But who should stand up and take control of the Brexit negotiations?
We've assembled the views of some of the key parliamentary and EU figures - scroll to the bottom of the page to leave a comment and have your say.
The Conservative Party is due a new leader in the next couple of months, but until then the prime minister will remain in Number 10. While Cameron has attempted to calm the markets following the Brexit vote, he is resisting pressure from European leaders to act quickly on the result, insisting that his successor will be the one to trigger the Article 50 exit clause.
The former Mayor of London was one of the key Leave campaigners, but since the vote has called for unity with Remain voters to move on with Britain’s future. Johnson is set to launch his formal bid for the Conservative leadership this week, facing up against rivals that could include home secretary Theresa May and health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
UKIP’s leader faced criticism over the tone of his referendum campaign, which focused on the controversial issue of immigration. Since Leave’s victory he has warned that Conservative Brexiteers – including Boris Johnson – may be “backsliding” over the promises they made about border controls in the run-up to the vote, which he sees as a betrayal of voters.
The Scottish first minister and SNP leader threw a spanner in the works after the referendum by suggesting that Scottish Parliament could veto the UK’s decision to leave the EU or break off entirely in another independence referendum – although it is unclear whether a newly-independent Scotland would retain EU membership.
The President of the European Commission has been piling on the pressure for a speedy Brexit following the result. He has made it clear that negotiations will not begin until Article 50 is triggered and has given the impression that they will be tough on Britain, although Juncker himself has faced calls for his own resignation in recent days.
The German leader represents the other side of the debate raging between European leaders. Merkel has also ruled out informal talks before Article 50 is filed, but she has accepted that Britain will need some time before formally requesting its exit – although she also said “a long period of uncertainty” would be bad for both Britain and the EU.
The British people
Post-Brexit Britain could become a bastion of direct democracy, sending each and every decision to a yes/no referendum to determine what the true will of the British public is. After all, we have a strong track record of making logical and widely-accepted decisions by sending voters to the polls – what could possibly go wrong?
Who should take control of Brexit Britain? Leave a comment below and have your say.
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