In a previous blog, ‘Forget transition, extend the Article 50 period instead’, we made the case for extending the Article 50 negotiating period. ‘Transition’ is a one-way street out of the EU, before the details of the proposed future relationship between the EU would be known. It offers no possibility of turning back.
By contrast during an extended negotiating period Britain would still be a full member of the EU, albeit with some limitations. It would retain the right to remain in the EU, should the British public and Parliament choose to do so.
In this blog we now want to argue why extending Article 50 would also be in the interests of other EU member states.