Received: 01 May 2019
Accepted: 15 May 2019
WITHDRAWAL OF A MEMBER STATE FROM THE MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION – THE CASE OF UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN
Almost two years since the UK government has announced to the European Council its intention to leave the European Union the situation has not changed much. The British plan to leave this organization has remained confused, and the consequences are unpredictable and unclear. Theresa May did not have a parliamentary majority to adopt a withdrawal agreement concluded on 14 November 2018 with the European Union. Therefore, both sides are cautiously causing the consequence of the so-called hard Brexit, which would involve a withdrawal from the European Union without a concrete agreement. That way, it would be difficult to achieve the four basic freedoms of movement which would have as a consequence quite a decisive downturn in economic growth, not only in Great Britain but also in Europe. The third option mentioned in the British public is postponing the decision on Brexit. As time goes by, it seems that the step forward made towards the confederal arrangement of the European Union through the introduction of the right to withdraw from the founding treaty was not a good solution. Instead of discussing the essential reforms of the European institutional system, the public is increasingly concerned with destructive debates about the potential exit of the member states from the European Union, which ultimately calls into question the further course of European integration.
Keywords: Brexit, withdrawal agreement, negotiation strategy, negotiating team, Commission, Council, Confederalism, Federalism