We will hear about the Brexit for a long time because it should both embarrass a little more the broken European Union (EU) and maintain a certain level of uncertainty on the financial markets for at least two years.
The same deadline that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has deemed “impossible” to meet under Article 50 and which is constantly extending as obstacles are multiplying on the very bumpy road toward the Brexit – the exit of United Kingdom (UK) from the EU.
Voted for by referendum in June 2016, the Brexit should not be formally triggered before March 2017, according to British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose willingness to seek a “hard Brexit” combining continued access to the single market and highly selective immigration would incite EU institutions and member states to prepare for a slow and painful exit for the UK.
While Europe remains plunged into an institutional crisis and two camps are battling against each other from within, the EU is even more at risk of disappearance if it does not promptly create the conditions favorable to the realization of the choice made through the popular vote of the UK citizens.
Whether agreeing with Brexit or not, any attempt to delay or even fail to respect the outcome of the vote would prove seriously counterproductive, both harmful to Europe, growingly disconnected in a rapidly changing world, and for democracy in general of which detractors would find there the ideal argument to denounce its parody.