Monday 5 December 2016

Explainer: How will Europe go about untangling a complex web spun over 43 years?

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (C) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) attend a meeting after Britain voted to leave the bloc, in Brussels. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (C) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) attend a meeting after Britain voted to leave the bloc, in Brussels. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Q: Is the UK gone - or will they vote again like Ireland in two recent EU referendums?

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A: Yes, they are gone. No, there won't be a second vote. Technically this referendum was 'consultative' and 'non-binding'. Political reality and the history of this most explosive topic means the result cannot be ignored. But how and when the United Kingdom exit happens will take time to unfold.

The Brexit terms and any new relationship with the EU will involve complex negotiations and require the agreement of the remaining 27 member states.

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