What Everyone Needs to Know
David Allen Green
Table of Contents
BREXIT - HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
1: What was the background to the referendum vote? Why did a referendum take place there and then?
2: What was the result of the referendum result? How can this result be explained?
3: What is the political and legal significance of the vote?
4: What were the immediate political consequences of the referendum vote - from Cameron to May?
5: What was the immediate impact of the vote on UK's role in the EU and internationally?
6: What is the (relevant) historical background to United Kingdom's membership of the European Union? How did we get to this point? What else could have happened?
7: What difference does EU membership (really) make to the UK? And what differences does it not make?
8: What are the constitutional and legal relationships between the UK and the EU? Is the UK a 'sovereign power' in the EU? What does sovereignty mean, and how much control did the UK give away as an EU member?
9: What are the economic and trade relationships of the UK and the EU?
10: What are the economic and trade relationships of the UK and the non-EU world?
11: How do the UK and EU fit into the current system of international trade? Is it a good fit?
12: What does the "Internal Market" mean? How does this differ from, say, a customs union or a free trade area?
13: What does "freedom of movement" mean in the context of the EU? What does it not mean?
14: What are the key policy areas affected by UK membership of EU? For each of these, to what extent does it make a difference if UK is a member of EU or not?
15: What are the key policy areas not affected by UK membership of EU? What opt-outs does the UK already have?
BREXIT - WHAT IS THE TASK AHEAD?
16: Why is a Brexit plan needed? Is one needed? What happens without a plan?
17: What needs to go into any Brexit plan?
18: What is the overall process of withdrawal? What is the scale of the task?
19: Why does Article 50 matter? In what ways does it not matter?
20: What is the Article 50 process? What are the stages, and what will happen (and not happen) at each stage?
21: What is the debate over the legalities of Article 50 and why do the legalities matter? What is a "decision" and a "notification"?
22: Can Article 50 be revoked after it is triggered?
23: What are the possible alternatives to the Article 50 route?
24: What are the preliminary policy preparations for Brexit?
25: How is Whitehall being organised for the task ahead? What are the challenges for the UK civil service?
26: What will happen to the European Communities Act? How can EU law be distentangled from UK law?
27: What is the devolution context? Why do Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland matter?
28: Why do Gibraltar and the overseas territories matter?
29: What will be the role of the City of London?
30: What are the key policy areas affected by Brexit?
31: What will be the role of the WTO and the existing multilateral trade system?
32: How will the UK will go about entering into new trade negotiations and deals? Are trade agreements really necessary? Why do trade agreements take so long?
33: What needs to be in the UK-EU deal? How wide a deal does it need to be?
34: What can be in any non-EU bilateral deals?
35: What is the importance of access to the Single Market? What would no access to a Single Market would look like?
36: What is the importance of the issue of free movement of people?
BREXIT - WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES?
37: What are the general factors which will affect the speed or lack of speed of Brexit? What are the possible timeframes and what will influence them?
38: What could go wrong and what risks need to be managed or eliminated?
39: What are the various models and forms of Brexit? EEA/EFTA/CETA/Customs Union/WTO terms?
40: Is it possible there would be no Brexit at all?
41: What are the possible none-Brexit escape routes?