Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

Brexit news: UK would face ‘widespread unhappiness’ if it doesn’t leave EU | UK | News

Deputy director of UK in A Changing Europe and politics professor, Simon Usherwood, explained there would be a return of pressure groups if Britain remained in the EU. His comments come as the Labour Party are campaigning for a second referendum to ask the British public whether they want to Remain or leave with or without a deal. While the Liberal Democrats want to ignore the democratic vote altogether and Remain in the EU if they come to power.

Mr Usherwood told “In the UK I think you would see a return to that widespread unhappiness about the way the EU works.

“I think even if you have a referendum and the vote it to Remain, it’s almost inconceivable that everyone will be happy and say, ‘that’s fine. We’re all going to be happy about being a member of the EU and we have no problems anymore.’

“If the UK doesn’t leave then I think you will a lot of the things you saw before the referendum.

“You had lots of pressure groups pushing for different kinds of things such as changes to policy or more likely, just about leaving.

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“People will feel that they’ve been denied the result of the 2016 referendum and I think that will be a real challenge both for the UK and the EU.

“The UK staying in might be desirable in geo-political terms and strategic terms but in practical terms, the UK would continue to be a partner that has a difficult relationship with the EU.

“You would expect there would be lots of returns when every time there is a specific issue whether that’s on money or on budgets or on enlargement or a particular policy decision.

“This will be seized upon as how the EU is not looking out for the UK.

In a call with Mr Johnson, Mrs Merkel made clear that a Brexit deal was “overwhelmingly unlikely” between the UK and EU.

A Government source said that the call was a “clarifying moment” and that if it represents “a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible not just now but ever”.

Michael Hewson, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, said: “The pound has taken a lurch lower as reports say there is no prospect of a deal.

“It’s reacting to the newsflow which is negative. But at some point it has to react to the reality which is that there will be an extension and elections.”

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