The widely popular story of Britain’s exit, commonly termed Brexit kicked off in 1957, when the European Union (EU), then known as the European Economic Committee, was formed out of the treaty of Rome.
Back then, UK was not a part of the Union. The country applied for a membership in 1963 and 1967- without success. The winds changed in 1973, when for the first time, on the new year day, the EEC countries accepted the UK as an integral part.
Since 1973, to December 2015, the referendums and opinion polls had always indicated British support for their continuing presence in the Union. Former Prime Minister David Cameron never supported the Brexit proposition, as he believed the Union to be a firm support for the United Kingdoms.
BUT THE MAJORITY WILLED OTHERWISE.
June twenty-third was the day, when for the first time.It became clear that the Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, created in 2009, and never enacted before- would be unveiled. Nearly fifty-two percent supported Brexit, while just forty- eight percent opposed it. Moments of great upheaval ensued, economies tumbled, people started discussing the jeopardy British would be facing.
David Cameron stepped aside and resigned, admitting it to be “inappropriate for him to lead the nation when the nation had chosen the next destination.”.
Their approaches and outlooks still vary, the Eurosceptic and the Pro- Brexit community believe that Britain has finally taken a onetime step towards sovereignty, and the connection with EU had limited their aspects for a long time. The increasing immigration, supported by the EU’s strategy of “free movement” had proved a bane to the citizens of the UK, hampering their growth opportunities in a big way. The situation became excessively visible after 2011, and that’s when the British started turning around.
The Europhiles have a different fear altogether. The outlook depicts vague uncertainty, not unlike most of the world. They fear the separation as a hit on the economy, sputtering hefty trade deficits, and thriving cross-border terrorism.
Further, the uncertainty in the effectiveness of the trade deals, and a decrease in credibility sets UK people thinking…
The AAA credibility of Britain has already dropped to a lower level. The poor value of Pound could have turned the country to the recession- had the banks not cut the interest rates. Some rays of hope- UK will never have to fund the billions of pounds as EU fund, it may never have to increase immigration under the influence of any union.
But things still move in a circle. It will never receive the life science research funding it used to thrive from.
The abounding educational funds <leading to the Scottish clone named Dolly>, and various ongoing medical researches, which contribute 19% to their economy, will keep demanding more investment…
Then, EU handled it. Now, who will?
Whether Britain can continue on a satisfying path, only time will tell.
Bad, isn’t it?
Relationships with other Nations
The relationships, like always… take the time to build, and no time to break. The initial support towards Britain on the international platform has been disheartening. General reliability has come down; it all depends upon the negotiations by Britain: A situation Britain hasn’t faced for the last 43 years.
The Pro-Brexit campaigners feel otherwise. The increasing immigration had been so profound in the society, thanks to the abounding threats of ISIS and other terror groups, that they feel an achievement of FREEDOM in getting to decide for themselves. But …
The Second Scottish Referendum
There, a keen Scot well-wisher observed.
The Scottish had voted to remain in Britain before Brexit.
However, according to the polling data, most of the people of Scotland have wished to remain in the European Union. This, the politicians and some people think is an ordeal being imposed onto the Scottish community, without their permission. They plan to reinstate a new referendum to exit Britain by the coming two years, precisely the time when Britain would finish one phase of the Lisbon treaty.
Anyways, what has happened… has happened.
Theresa May took charge as the new Prime Minister to negotiate talks and further procedure back then when Cameron laid down arms.
The next imperative step for her is to enact the Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty and establish viable exit terms with the EU. She would have to maintain good terms with various countries, as the economic state of UK would be vulnerable if left alone. Whether the UK will remain in the common single market or will quit, has to depend on the terms Theresa negotiates.
In the recent interviews and conferences, she has plainly asserted for the UK:
“No deal” will always be better than a “Bad deal”.
The European Union, on the other hand, has maintained their stand:
“To stay in the single market, UK will have to follow the “free movement” fundamental.”
The lifestyle of various people hangs in balance. Those belonging to the UK, who work in other EU Countries, as well as the people of EU countries working in the UK, face an uncertain future… Everything depends upon the deals.
Theresa’s main focus would be to prevent self-harm and go for a friction less trade agreement. Border related issues and market terms need to be negotiated. Further, the exit is going to be a long and tough process… as the treaty has never been evoked before, and twenty-seven countries need to agree to the terms, meaning the terms need to be discussed in twenty-seven parliaments, which will take significant time.
Unpicking and reversing 43 years of mutual cooperation and treaties, will be a tough task, won’t it?
The heartbeats increase and decrease as the world looks towards both the markets and towards UK’s bold steps. The tide of time, that appeared to be in Europe’s favor some seventy years ago, appears to have shifted as a vague future dooms their prosperity. To deduce if it really has shifted, there is still some wait.
Let’s let the fire’s light spread with constancy for some more time.
Till the whole world witnesses with a bated breath.
The final knell of parting.
A history in the making.
When Britain Exit.