Friday, 24 June 2016


REMAIN          25,791    38.8%
LEAVE             40,739    61.2%
TURNOUT      66,530    76%
At a meeting held on 10th May 2016 at the Chequers Inn, Breaston, the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade discussed the EU Referendum. Those present were asked to indicate their view prior to any discussion – Remain or Leave. Discussion topics included Sovereignty, Democratic Accountability, Trade, Economy, Jobs, Policing & Security.
Following the debate Members were then asked to complete a further Remain or Leave slip.  When counted the results were unchanged before and after with a 2:1 majority in favour of leaving

There is a lot of talk today about article 50. In his latest article John Raymond spelled it out.
The question must be : What would happen if BREXIT won the referendum. I am told that the process for leaving the EU is actually covered by Article 50 of the European Treaty. So I have included it below.

Article 50 states:
1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3.The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or the Council or in its decisions concerning it.
A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union.
5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.
 So, a leave vote would actually initiate a two year period to negotiate the "Terms of Exit". If this period proves too short it can be extended (Presumably this would be done by those with incredible personal expenses). However...Given that the UK is only partially in the EU: If the UK were to quit (as described in the Lisbon Treaty) it could probably renegotiate all (or at least some) of the trade treaties it now enjoys with the EU. In the same way that Switzerland and Norway (who are not members of the EU) have a special relationship with the EU so could the UK.
Naturally the UK would not be part of the single currency nor would it be expected to operate open border policy. So in that respect nothing would change. Illegal migrants would still wade ashore. Those in positions of power would continue to reap the benefits of their importance, and the first cause of death of those under 35 in our country will still be suicide. Not that anyone seems concerned about this latter point.