There’s Only One (Sane) Solution Left For UK’s Brexit Mess

It’s the worst alternative, except when compared to everything else, which is why Britain should take the get-out-of-Brexit-free card offered by the European Court of Justice (EOJ). Last week, ECJ judges ruled that Britain can unilaterally cancel Brexit. Wouldn’t that run afoul of the 2016 referendum that delivered a 52%-to-48% win in favor of leaving the European Union? No, because the UK can revoke its plans to leave the EU and announce a commitment to develop a new Brexit going forward. The new plan would have the benefit of agreement between Parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May (or her successor). At that point, assuming it ever comes, Britain can present the plan to the EU and begin fresh negotiations with Brussels.

The main source of turmoil in the current Brexit situation is the uncertainty over the details of departure. May’s negotiations with the European Union (EU) are widely reported to be a deal that will be dead on arrival in Parliament, leaving the UK with the likelihood that it will crash out of the EU with no deal in March, the current Brexit deadline. In that case, a laundry list of economic troubles for Britain await.

Avoiding a no-deal Brexit is a high priority, or at least it should be. Ideally the UK at this late date would have a reasonable deal that’s politically palatable all around, more than two years after the referendum. But with a no-deal exit approaching, it’s time for desperate measures.

The only sane course now is for the UK government to revoke Brexit and then lay out plans to internally debate and approve a new blueprint for leaving. When and if Parliament and the prime minister are on the same page, that document can be presented to the EU for further negotiation (assuming Brussels doesn’t accept it outright, which it almost certainly will not). Yes, this would be torturous and take time, perhaps years (decades?). But this plan has several crucial advantages over the current chaos.

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