Parts: Rushing the UK into leaving is a bad idea (4)
Former prime minister and long-standing government member Juhan Parts (IRL) said on Monday that those EU politicians that were now embarking on retaliatory missions were far from behaving adequately, and that talks about the UK’s EU exit shouldn’t be rushed.
He would certainly prefer it if there was time for serious reconsideration, Parts said. The statements by EU leaders and member state top brass that called for speed and decisive action now were “not adequate”, he found.
In Parts’ opinion, the reason for such blunt and tough talk is the wish to keep other member states from considering similar referendums.
This, he said, was counterproductive. “Even if exit negotiations should actually begin, the basic question is what the construct could be based on which the United Kingdom and the European Union would continue. Such retaliatory rhetoric shows a lack of understanding why 17 million European citizens [the number of British citizens that voted in favor of leaving the EU; ed.] don’t like the EU. The European institutions should ponder this question, not plan punitive action,” Parts commented.
The UK needed to be given time to figure out the political turmoil the referendum had caused, and to clarify which positions they were going to take, he added.
Parts also said that he saw plenty of ways the EU had contributed to making Brexit a possibility. “The basic problem is that the European Union produces expectations it isn’t able to fulfil. The EU’s problem is certainly that it is so deep in its own hole that it’s hard to make changes,” he said.