Nov 24 2016

The re-negotiation process of the British status vis-à-vis the European Union

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Category: Resolutions, FC Cologne/Autumn 2016, PC1 - Institutions and Governance, Institutional Affairs, Social Affairs

Resolution submitted by: Political Commission 1: Institutional Affairs and Governance

JEF Europe,

• Recalling JEF Europe’s resolution “The way to differentiated integration in the Eurozone with the United Kingdom within the EU” stating JEF’s preference for the United Kingdom to remain within the European Union;

• Recalling JEF Europe’s commitment and respect for democratic procedures and direct participation in decision making processes as laid down in its political platform Article 2.1.4 Paragraph 1;

• Considering that the outcome of public referenda are an expression of the public will in a country but can be subject to a number of deficiencies such as often receiving a low turnout, being highly receptive to demagoguery not necessarily reflecting accurate claims or information, reducing complex problems to a binary question, and judging an incumbent government rather than providing an answer to the actual problem; respects, nevertheless, the outcome of the referendum on EU membership that expresses the will of a majority of voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union;

• Considering the threat of nationalists, populists and Eurosceptic parties’ rising influence in almost all European Union Member States;

• Considering Brexit as the just last of many warning signs of the ongoing systemic crisis of the current institutional construction of the EU,

• Condemning the rise in hate crime and ethnic and racial violence in the UK after the Brexit vote, notably the incidents in Essex;

• Seeing the need for clarity regarding the EU’s future evolution and membership structure as well as the future status of the United Kingdom vis-à-vis the EU;

• Recognising the result of the British referendum on EU membership on June 23rd 2016 and the necessity to fundamentally rethink the political integration process’ direction if the UK leaves the EU;

• Taking note of the case brought before the High Court of Justice of England and Wales 's whose ruling was issued on November 2nd, 2016, stating that the UK government cannot trigger article 50 TFEU without a formal vote in the UK Parliament;

• Keeping in mind that the majority of the citizens of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain within the EU;

• Recognising that in large part younger citizens voted to remain within the EU;

• Reiterating JEF Europe’s commitment to an open political integration process for the European Union which promotes deeper political integration;

JEF Europe therefore,

1. Calls on the British Government and/or the British Parliament to implement this decision by triggering art. 50 TFEU and begin the re-negotiation process of their membership status with the European Union as soon as possible;

2. Demands that the European Commission, with input from the European Parliament, take the lead in negotiating with the UK government;

3. Calls on the EU and the UK - shall article 50 TFEU be triggered - to agree not to have British MEPs run for the European elections in 2019, so as to avoid undue representation in the European Parliament;

4. Calls on the EU - once art. 50 is triggered - to negotiate in the interest of strengthening the EU27, without undue, nationally motivated concessions to the UK;

5. Reaffirms that the participation in the EU’s single market is inseparably linked to the principle of free movement of people and must not be altered in negotiations with the UK;

6. Calls on the EU and the UK, in the spirit of cooperation and friendship and in order to preserve stability in Europe, to negotiate in good faith and preserve cooperation with regard to international law enforcement;

7. Reiterates its full support to JEF UK’s activities and campaigns regardless of the UK’s future decision on the Brexit referendum;

8. Encourages member states to consider the risks involving a referendum on EU membership in the current political climate, being especially the risk of wildfully misleading arguments, and try to strengthen the political debate in their countries;

9. Takes into account the geographical distribution of the Brexit vote, whereas Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to Remain; encourages the UK and the EU Member States to find solutions that respect their aspiration of being members of the EU, including through calling for independence referenda if necessary and recognising independence referenda as last resort if necessary because further autonomy could not be reached

10. Calls on the negotiating partners to take into account the special relationship between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and the great effort put into attaining peace in Northern Ireland;

11. Further encourages the United Kingdom or any successor state as a whole, in compliance with all accession criteria, to restart the normal application process to become a full member of the European Union again in the future as soon as possible

12. Calls on all Member states that are determined to go further towards a closer political integration to take action and become the core of the European Federation.