Five Questions on Brexit to GERTRUDE LÜBBE-WOLFF

  1. What were your thoughts when you first heard of the result of the referendum this morning?

If that decision is not reversed, the EU will loose one of only 12 member states where perceivved corruption is closer to the level of Denmark than to the level of China. It will lose a member whose realism is badly needed in the Union – a member which, for instance, had enough common sense and was sober enough never to join the Monetary Union although it could have. And it will loose a member state which I feel belongs to Europe. I feel more at home in a European Union including the UK than I would feel in one without it. That may be an unbritish sort of feeling. No wonder. After all, I am German.

  1. Could an exit of the UK result in changes to the constitutional setup of the European Union, for better or worse?

I am not sure which way this will turn out. UK exit will mean a further decrease in the sense of accountability within the EU. On the one hand, that is a gloomy prospect for wise institutional reform. On the other hand, the shock over what has happened, and the fear of further disintegration, might produce an awakening effect. So I try to remain optimistic.

  1. What does the referendum teach us about the merits and limits of direct democracy

That it would have been better to have had more direct democracy with respect to European matters in more countries, and earlier.

  1. Do you think the decision for Brexit could be reversible?

Legally, it certainly is. According to Art ...

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