Brexit – now what happens?

Here’s what is going to happen.

In the run-up to the EU referendum by the UK this Brit was tempted several times to offer an opinion on what I thought was the best decision. But I resisted. (I was qualified to vote as an overseas voter and had voted for Remain.)

My resistance was because it seemed inappropriate to pass any form of opinion before the die had been cast, so to speak. I hadn’t been living in the country for over eight years and, inevitably, was out of touch with feelings.

The Conversation blogsite yesterday had a series of articles on the aftermath of the Brexit decision but the one that seemed most useful to share with you all was an article by Gavin Barrett,  a Professor of European Constitutional and Economic Law at University College in Dublin. For many readers, including me, both within and without the UK this seemed a valuable primer.


Britain votes to leave the EU, Cameron quits – here’s what happens next

June 23, 2016 11.41pm EDT

Leave ahead. Anthony Devlin / PA Wire


13 thoughts on “Brexit – now what happens?

  1. Personally, I don’t think expats or Gibraltar should have had a vote, but that’s just my opinion.

    I think extending the vote was nothing more than an attempt to get more in votes, which, sadly, didn’t work.

    It’s ten years since I last visited the UK. But actually, that isn’t relevant to why Leave won. And clearly Remain voters can’t get it in their head.


  2. No doubt Merkel isn’t happy. On the other hand her actions in giving the green light to the Syrians and others to come to Germany (and the EU), although well-intentioned, would certainly have contributed to the Brexit victory. The film of all those young Muslim men on their way north over all those months, would certainly have given me the heebie jeebies if I lived in Europe – and, as a woman I feel I don’t need to apologise for this sentiment. Economic well-being is crucial of course, but is something that can be retained in the UK if they were to adopt a more Scandinavian political and social system. Future survival of humans relies on less materialistic and more relocalised lifestyles anyway and people needn’t be less happy if there is more fairness and equity. Social harmony, retention of identity and the right to democratic self government and sovereignty are all important IMO. The next thing the UK has to do is to get rid of those ridiculous 6 year terms of Government in Westminster. 4 year terms would be more appropriate. Just my 2c worth….


  3. Oh and I forgot to add – the right to control the size of one’s population, will be crucial to the ability of countries to survive in the future – food and water wise, energy wise, health wise environmentally and socially.


  4. I’ve been listening to the BBC Radio 4 programme Moneybox and it is very clear that the referendum has left Britain a deeply divided country. It will take months for the implications of Brexit to become clear. Unexpected outcomes are likely to be numerous.

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  5. Interesting times indeed. It came as a surprise to many [me included]. Saddest thing though is seeing a country split in half. I wonder what kind a settlement can be found for half population wanting in… In any case, I hope it’s all for the best …for all. 🙂


  6. I read this article too Paul when I was waiting for the results to come in. I get the feeling that many people liked the idea of leaving the EU … But are now a bit scared as things seem to be unraveling. The hope that there would be fairness (like with Norway) seems remote. I get the sense that the EU will try to teach the UK a lesson in order to prevent others from following suit.
    It will not be pretty!


  7. I just wrote a long response Paul to this post… It just disappeared.. So in response to your last reply to Val and Marina.. I agree there is no way of knowing.. And after the shock waves I am sure if we all embrace our inner guidance and not keep panicking over what is now done.. The UK will be business as Usual once the stock markets have done their usual swing..
    Its just a pity that people lose their careers over it.. And Like Val says.. the EU is not going to go easy on the UK as it will not want others following suit..


    1. Thanks Sue. Wondered what happened to your longer reply?

      No question in my mind that the coming weeks are going to offer some upsetting ideas and outcomes. Do you read Prof. Richard Murphy’s writings?

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  8. To be honest Paul I did not.. The debate here in the UK to say the least has seen me running to my garden as it got quite ugly at some points leaving the voters in no doubts that both camps were not being truthful..
    I made up my own mind some weeks ago as to how I would vote.. And I will be posting my thoughts soon after I catch up here and there with my loyal friends.. 🙂


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