British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was going through a rough patch with her Brexit plan viewed by many as wishy-washy and submissive. The UK officially branches off from the EU on March 29.
Her 600+ page Withdrawal Agreement, negotiated for two years in Brussels, includes a 21-month transition period and payments to the EU until the UK leaves the EU economic bloc for good. Also included is a “Future Relationship” part. EU law and the European Court of Justice reign in the UK during the transition but UK representatives will no longer engage with EU rulemaking entities such as the European Parliament. Livid Brexiteers against May’s deal have a problem with making payments to the EU and getting nothing in return. They do not appreciate EU law governing over the UK.
In the UK, people are divided over whether they would like to leave the EU immediately devoid of a Brexit deal, leave with May’s deal, or remain in the European Union. According to a poll carried out by Queen Mary University of London and Sussex University, Conservative party members and avid Tories voted to depart from the EU without any deal in place.
Most Parliament members can agree on ports being clogged and the pound sterling dropping in value following an abrupt departure from the EU without an agreement. If Britain leaves without an agreement with the EU, Britain will be a “third country”, a national status subject to trade tariffs, labored border checks, and unbearable immigration controls. However, Westminster’s warnings of economic failure are not hitting home. As the UK delays making a clean break from the EU, some avid supporters of Brexit are worried Brexit will not happen after all. But without proper preparations, goods shortages and high food prices, among other distasteful problems, have a good chance of occurring.
At the moment, May is in a rut. At Brussels, other European leaders are firm on their stance. The EU will not agree to anything other than what was already worked out — May’s “submissive” deal. Some are calling for a second referendum as to whether the UK still collectively wants to leave the EU but this process will take at least 21 weeks. The vote for May’s Brexit deal will occur on Tuesday evening.
On Monday, May will make a speech to MP’s about how Parliament is leaning toward no Brexit or at least delayed Brexit over leaving the EU without a deal. May needs more than half of the 639 voting MP’s to vote in her favor. Political press reports and May’s fellow Conservatives are predicting the deal will lose. If May’s plan loses in the vote, the Labour party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, will table a vote of no confidence to oust May. Or MP’s will find a loophole and take over Brexit, defying all previous Parliamentary precedents.
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