This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition David Cameron is precluded from negotiations with the EU in the event of Brexit.
The Prime Minister has patently shewn himself to be a total advocate of membership of the EU at any cost. In the event of Brexit, he should not be involved in any subsequent negotiations, nor be responsible for appointing representatives.
Negotiators should be drawn from or appointed by a caucus of MPs who have consistently shewn themselves to be advocates of leaving the EU. The Electorate would have no confidence in Cameron's diligence in securing the full aims of the Referendum question to LEAVE the EU and NOT some alternative scheme that would leave the UK in anyway tied to the EU 'Aquis' including rejoining EFTA/EEA. The only way that Britain should agree to trade with the EU is through a Free Trade Agreement under the WTO
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months
This response was given on 25 May 2016
The Prime Minister has secured a new settlement for the UK, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to fix the problems that have frustrated people in Britain.
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The Government believes Britain is stronger, safer and better off within a reformed European Union. The Prime Minister has secured a new settlement for the UK, which delivers on the Government’s commitment to fix the problems that have frustrated people in Britain.
However, if the British people vote to leave on 23 June, they would rightly expect the process to exit the EU to start straight away. The rules for exit are set out in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This is the only lawful route available to withdraw from the EU.
Article 50 provides for a period of two years for the negotiation of exit terms. The two year deadline can be extended, but only by unanimous agreement of all EU Member States.
But the process is unprecedented. No country has ever used Article 50 – it is untested. Article 50 does not specify how far the arrangements for the UK’s future relationship with the EU could be included in a withdrawal agreement. However, it is likely that the scope of those arrangements, including the terms of our trade, would require the negotiation of a separate agreement with the EU.
While the Government would secure the best possible deal for Britain in the event of a vote to leave, if we want full, meaningful access to the Single Market of 500 million people we will have to accept significant trade-offs.
These include accepting the free movement of people, contributing to the EU's programmes and budgets, and being bound by the rules of the Single Market without having a vote or a say over them.
The Government is clear that none of the alternatives to EU membership provide the best of both worlds offered by continued membership of a reformed EU.
The Government has published a number of information papers ahead of the referendum. These can be viewed on the dedicated EU Referendum website, www.eureferendum.gov.uk.
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