The UK voted to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent in 2016 – but after two years of independence, debates over the efficacy of Brexit remain, and fears among Leavers are growing that the UK could seek to rejoin the bloc under a new Prime Minister. Writing for Express.co.uk on Saturday, June 11, Robert Taylor, outlined a five-step plan that Remainers could pursue, in the event of Prime Minister Boris Johnson losing power.
Firstly, Mr Johnson needs to be “so discredited that he has to leave office”.
He suggested that if a Remainer such as former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt took power he could next start “edging Britain inexorably towards a closer relationship with the EU”.
He added that the UK could consider rejoining the single market and customs union as well as renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement.
The UK could apply to re-join the EU, perhaps in the outer ring of “slow-speed countries”.
He added that Lord Adonis – a Labour peer who served under Tony Blair – is convinced that Britain will rejoin within 10-years.
However, Italian UK correspondent Antonello Guerrera has slammed the possibility of a U-turn allowing the UK to rejoin the bloc.
He branded the idea of rejoining with a second Brexit referendum as “quite irrealistic”.
In an interview with LBC, presenter Iain Dale asked Mr Guerrera: “Do you think that Britain will ever rejoin the EU?”
Mr Guerrera replied: “I don’t think so. I think that the decision to leave the EU has been quite difficult and hard. And now [the idea of] this country going back to a referendum mode.”
He added: “I think it’s quite irrealistic, in this particular moment.”
Mr Guerrera said that being outside of the EU can be “a bit damaging” for the British economy at the moment but warned a new referendum would be “disastrous”.
He concluded: “I really think that adding up on top of this another campaign and referendum to rejoin the EU would be disastrous”.
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