'The UK government’s interpretation of Brexit vote is undemocratic’
Published 28/11/2016 | 16:48
Former Taoiseach John Bruton has said that the UK government has interpreted the Brexit vote to mean a decision to leave the European Economic Area, a move that is undemocratic he says.
“Since the Referendum, the UK government has, retrospectively, interpreted the vote to mean a decision to leave the EEA, and leaving the European Customs Union, things that were not on the ballot paper, and are not required by its wording at all. That is undemocratic.”
Speaking at the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) AGM in Limerick, the former EU Ambassador to the US also said it is impossible to speculate what Brexit could look like until we see what the UK looks for as part of its negotiations.
And he warned that a delay in negotiations could see the UK ‘out’ of the EU without any rights to the EU market.
Unfortunately, he said, we can't speculate what form Brexit will take until the UK puts its demands on the table.
"Only then can we begin to speculate in an informed way about how the negotiation might go.”
However, he said that even agreement on the EU side on its negotiations will take time due to the need for co-decision between the Commission and Parliament.
“The Commission will do the actual negotiation with the UK, but it will do so under guidelines agreed by the Heads of Government of the 27 Member States meeting in the European Council. It will also have to bear in mind that the final deal will have to approved by the European Parliament too.”