Delaying the countdown to Brexit : a cost-benefit analysis

Rose, Richard (2016) Delaying the countdown to Brexit : a cost-benefit analysis. The UK in a Changing Europe, London. (

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The referendum question was simple but the outcome has produced a sequence of conundrums. The most immediate question – when should the UK formally notify the EU it will leave – has a simple answer in the abstract: When it is ready. It is also strategically critical, because doing so starts a 24-month countdown until the UK ceases to have any rights or obligations of membership. The British government wants to retain a maximum of rights to trade in the single market and a minimum of obligations to accept EU immigrants. The EU will only begin discussing its position once Brexit is officially triggered.