The Mess of Brexit

Hadi Alim, Editor-in-Chief

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While we in the United States were worried about the seemingly never-ending government shutdown, across the ocean Britain was panicking about something that will change their future forever. Brexit. In two 2016 referendums, the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union. In 2017, the U.K. government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which triggered a legal exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The urban and younger demographics of England, along with the Scots and Northern Irish, have been against leaving the European Union, while older English residents are more likely to support Brexit, credited to a selfish desire to gain for themselves while not thinking of the people who will have to live with the aftermath of Brexit.

Cameron David, prime minister of the country at the time, abdicated office as he felt he couldn’t do what the people wanted him to. In his place came Theresa May. May was from the same party and tried to support a bi-partisan stance on Brexit. While the far-left was looking for no Brexit at all and the far-right wanted a Brexit with no deal, Theresa May was left with little to no one backing her up.

David Cameron walking with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Last year, Parliament held a vote on May’s plan A for Brexit. Both liberals and conservatives didn’t approve of the bill. Each side said it leaned too far on the other end of the political spectrum. This January, Theresa May reintroduced a plan, her plan B, and it had the worst rejection in Parliament history. With all this rejection, the UK will have to face Brexit with no plan moving forward. Both ends of the political spectrum are held back from their own beliefs and are having a difficult time trying to figure this out.

The deadline for Brexit is set on March 29, 2019. If the United Kingdom can figure out a deal with the European Union on the terms of its release, then perhaps it can survive the fallout. If not, then Britain may face famine, medicine shortages, water shortages restricted travel, large scale black-outs and separation concerns within its own borders. Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom in 2014, thinking it would also be a member of the European Union. Without that, Scotland is said to hold another referendum to mark its secession from England. Northern Ireland may also leave the UK since they rely on the Republic of Ireland for work, housing, commerce, and even electricity. The European Union let the fact that the island was two countries slip through people’s minds, but when the border is redrawn walls will have to be put back in place. Another secession movement in England itself is Lexit, or the independence of the city of London from the rest of England. Most left-wing residents cite their beliefs are different than the rest of England’s and they still want to remain a part of the European Union.

Brexit Boxes have started popping up around the country as well. Britons are stockpiling on medicines and food, generators and clothing. Many businesses are leaving, fearing a Brexit deal will not happen. British residents in other European countries are forced to quit from their places of work and return home to the UK.

The United Kingdom is pretty screwed right now, with less than 60 days before the inevitable departure from England. With no votes and no plan, they are looking toward a disaster waiting to happen.

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