Workers begin counting ballots after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in Islington, London, Britain, June 23, 2016. © Neil Hall / Reuters
Dr Jo Murkens of the London School of Economics says the referendum result was split across the UK, with Scotland and Northern Ireland voting clearly to remain in the EU and voters in England and Wales opting to leave.
He says Brexit could therefore be avoided with willing leadership, saying he could see “no way” any prime minister would go through with it.
“There would be no country left if we leave the EU. I see no way in which the UK can leave the EU and survive,”Murkens told the Evening Standard.
He said Britain’s withdrawal from the EU could have devastating consequences for the country, saying it would fragment the UK’s union which has existed since 1707.
“There’s no political will in Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain in the UK if it leaves the EU. I can see no prime minister who would want to preside over the break-up of the United Kingdom.”
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