Brexit: A long, complicated divorce

A British exit from the European Union would plunge the two parties into a messy divorce and force them build a new relationship after a marriage of more than 40 yearsA British exit from the European Union would plunge the two parties into a messy divorce and force them build a new relationship after a marriage of more than 40 years. Here are the logistical and legal details of how the split would work, and the key issues that Brussels and London would have to negotiate if Britons vote for a “Brexit” in the June 23 referendum. Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty says that “any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”.

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