Almost 48% Britons voted in favour of staying with the European Union in the Brexit referendum taken place in June 2016. Now, a lead negotiator in the split is trying to make a deal so that the pro-European Brits can pay for the privilege of keeping dual citizenships.
Guy Verhofstadt, the former prime minister of Belgium and a chief negotiator of the Brexit deal, told The Times that he was willing to do anything possible to protect the rights of the 48% Brits who voted against the Brexit. Mr Verhofstadt supports the idea of Brits, who don’t want to cut their links with Europe, paying Brussels for keeping their European citizenship.
Andrew Bridgen, the pro-Brexit British MP, accused Mr Verhofstadt of encouraging disunion among the British citizens. He told The Times that Mr Verhofstadt had been trying to challenge the results of the referendum and to promote disruption in Britain by creating two classes of citizens.
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On the other hand, Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of Britain, told the New Statement this week that it was possible to stop Britain from leaving the EU. According to the pro-European former Labour leader, the benefits of leaving will not outweigh the facilities of being a part of the biggest trading bloc in the world.
However, the Britain Prime Minister, Theresa May, has already said that she would initiate the two-year negotiation to set the terms of Brexit by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by March 2017. The key issues that will be focused on during the negotiation term are trade and immigration. However, the European leaders have already said that they would not compromise on open borders within the bloc.
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The referendum on June 23 this year has been considered as the biggest incident in Britain since the World War II. The unexpected results took many investors and businesspersons by surprise though the current Prime Minister, Ms May, has always been vocal about leaving the EU.