Jean-Victor Louis is President Emeritus of the Institute of European Studies and Professor Emeritus of the ULB.

Leave means leave”, David Cameron, Chatham House speech, 10 December 2015

Brexit means Brexit…, no attempts to sort of stay by the back door…” Theresa May, Government meeting, Chequers, 31 August 2016

“…[T]he model we are seeking is one unique to the United Kingdom and not an off the shelf solution… ”, Theresa May, political cabinet, Chequers, 31 August 2016.

« L’Union n’est pas “menacée” par la sortie du Royaume-Uni », Les Échos, 14 septembre 2016


Two and a half months after the vote on 23 January, the date of notification of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) under Article 50 of the EU Treaty is not yet known. It wouldn’t be until the end of the year. But nothing is certain in this respect: judicial remedies have been introduced to contest that this decision can be taken without a prior decision by Parliament. The government has announced that it will go to the Supreme Court if necessary. And Parliament has not pronounced itself on the matter. All this will take time. In addition, it seems that Ms May would like to see an arrangement concluded with Ms Nicola Sturgeon, Head of the Scottish Government, in the coming months, while indicating that the regions (Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) would not have a veto over the decision which will be the sole responsibility of the London Government.

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