Britain and Europe. A marriage of convenience or a marriage that can go the distance? What will Britain be like if it decides to divorce itself from Europe?
George Osborne has recently announced that the UK would be in for a ‘costly and messy divorce’ in respect of its long marriage to the EU, should it choose to split. In the event that it does, then like many divorcing spouses, its chief concerns would likely revolve around what happens next, and how to make sense of a much altered financial situation.
Unlike divorce in the England and Wales Family Court, the UK’s potential ‘divorce’ would not need to be based on unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion, or separation . However, whatever the reasons for the split, just like in a divorce tensions and emotions are running high!
Christine LaGarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has described the possible split as having ‘pretty bad to very, very bad consequences’. Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, and Gisela Stuart in a co-written letter to the Prime Minister have maintained that ‘the European Union and its euro project have become an engine for job destruction’. These polar opposite positions are familiar to us family lawyers.
Of course, it is always better to have strategies in place to deal with potential divorce. If you are separating from your partner it can be invaluable to have the support of family and friends, professional or spiritual help, or a combination of all of these. The potential EU ‘divorce’ may be riddled with uncertainty but in family matters this uncertainty can be managed and clarified with the help of an expert divorce solicitor. No matter whether your marriage has been a short or a long one, or whatever the assets involved, there is no doubt that good professional advice can be a huge benefit. It can help you understand all the legal jargon involved and see a way through all the current tensions and onto a brighter future, whether that is together with your partner or apart.
For now, in the matter of the EU referendum it remains to be seen whether or not the parties will opt to salvage the marriage, or whether a separation is inevitable!