What will the EU's future look like after Brexit?

Will the integrity and future of the European Union be compromised once Brexit is finalized?

Well first, when Brexit is finalized it's going to take quite some time. Even if they manage to get their act together on the exit of the European Union, it could take them quite some time to actually leave the corporation. That's going to take at least two years and then it's going to take further years in order to sort of sort out their future relationships. I don't think it will impact that much or the integrity of the European Union. And it's going to take a long time to sort out the entire issue.


Is there a question of an imminent referendum on the independence of Scotland?

I don't think so. The Scottish National Party is campaigning on that particular platform. They want one. And it might, of course, be that they end up in a position in the next House of Commons, that they can sort of have their voice on this particular one. But I think it's going to take, say, two years or something like that until we see that referendum. But at some point in time, it will happen.

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