What started off as a simple syllable agreed by millions of rubber stamps, has grown to become the worst bureaucratic nightmare in the history of European politics. The UK continues to desire leaving the boat without getting its feet wet.
Brexit plans were one by one rejected by the UK Parliament. Not surprisingly, Theresa May has failed to go down in history as a worthy successor to Margaret Thatcher, and became instead the target of ridicule, as she rolls up the hill the burden, only to see everything tumble back down to the start of the slope for another round. Theresa May has been in a precarious position because she lost her House of Commons majority in the 2017 general election. Her resignation is unlikely to make Brexit more or less likely and it seems there is no queue for the PM seat. July is set to bring a new tenant at 10 Downing Street, but the lease is not a bright one.
A quick look at the viable candidates inside the Conservative Party reveals Boris Johnson as the leading figure, a figure some view as the equivalent of President Trump, based on colorful declarations. A staunch supporter of the “Yes” option, Boris might live the dream and be the one actually opening the emergency door.
The prolonged Brexit talks gave everything a new perspective. Even President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom became the subject of intense speculation, with most analysts arguing that an agenda focused on the upcoming trade deals that would have to be signed after the departure from the European Union. However, because the US President caught Theresa May’s last days in office, it is hard to imagine negotiations leading to anything concrete. A disruptor of the status quo, Trump won the election the same year the British people voted “Leave.” Since then, he used to his advantage Brexit to level up his dealings with the European Union whose regulatory power are often and secretly not liked by many EU countries.
The Brexit referendum was held on Thursday 23 June, 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting.
As the EU agreed to extend to the deadline to 31st October, the next couple of months should bring the highly anticipated decision. The logical scheme leads to pretty much the same options that became apparent the moment Brexit became reality in 2016. The full spectrum stretches from the no-deal exit to the second referendum. Whatever the case, the 3 years of indecision will always be a skeleton in the closet of the European Union. Although it showed the EU can be blamed because they will try everything they can to make an example of Brexit to deter other countries to go their separate ways as well. Yet stopping Brexit would require a change in the law in the UK, something neither the government nor the main UK opposition parties want to do at this point.