Room for manoeuvre for the EU after the Brexit-Vote

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The UK wants Brexit. And what kind of Europe does the EU want?

In the wake of the Brexit vote the remaining 27 EU member states will have to reach agreement on an unambiguous common approach to the style of the negotiations. The member states need to clarify their vision of the future of the European Union. Should it be more flexible? Should it emphasize the fact that an application for withdrawal will lead inexorably to withdrawal?

The realpolitik analysis suggests that the creation of a third and novel kind of status, which would need a seal of approval in the shape of a treaty amendment, could pave the way for differentiated disintegration in the EU. And this would set the stage for a multi-tier Europe.