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On the path to maturity

01.07.2016

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The monumental decision of British voters to leave the European Union will have a serious impact that could resonate for decades or even longer. The European and global thinkers predicted that it will lead to severe consequences for both the United Kingdom and European Union. Some even think that the EU is facing an existential crisis that will be more exponential than the Greek and migrant crisis together. When the dust settles down, the time will come to make sober assessments and draw some lessons.

As expected, the United Kingdom's EU membership referendum overshadowed other topics scheduled for the European Union leaders summit, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels. The Summit's key messages were clear: Great Britain’s exit from the European Union cannot be reversed and the official notice of its intention to leave should be issued as soon as possible.

Slovenia remains strongly committed to further enhancement of the European Union. As its Member State, it does not expect the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union to bring any major direct consequences for Slovenia. Cerar is convinced that the European Union will remain, and that it must survive even without the United Kingdom. He emphasized that the decision of Great Britain to leave the European Union is expected to result in additional strengthening of the Union and an incentive to carry out its reforms; he also believes that EU is on its path towards maturity and that Brexit has only speeded up this process.

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