As the coronavirus tightens its noose around Europe’s neck, Britain has to face the realities of Brexit and their relationship with the European Union, as they inch closer to the end of the transition period on January 1st, 2021.
Ever since the 2016 deciding vote, the Brexit situation has seen many ups and downs, so don’t feel bad if you’re a little bit in the dark about what’s currently happening. Here’s a quick brief on all you need to know about Brexit.
It all began in 2016, when Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron held a new referendum to have a people’s vote on Britain leaving the European Union. 51.89% of the people voted to leave the EU. PM Cameron resigned. The UK was then given a deadline of three years before they had to officially leave. In these three years, they could either come up with a ‘divorce deal’, where they could keep things friendly, or they simply ‘break up’ and part ways without much of a new arrangement. Theresa May, the new Prime Minister spent the next two years negotiating deals with the EU, trying to make the split as “smooth and orderly” as possible.
As the deadline comes dreadfully close, the new nail in the coffin for Brexit is the ongoing talks of trade deals going on between the two parties involved. The UK’s current Prime Minister Boris Johson, along with Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission has been conducting negotiations, with no clear outcome yet. The two parties still differ greatly on certain fundamental issues, and the PM announced that it is “very likely” there would be no agreement unless the bloc changed its position “substantially”.
While the UK leaving the EU on January 31st, 2020; but what exactly Brexit means, and what are its terms, still remain unclear. The UK must now take a stand to properly define its relationship with the rest of the bloc, this time, from the outside.