Back in June 2016, the world watched as Britain voted to leave the European Union. Some saw that vote as foreshadowing for the election of Donald Trump that November. Now, we’re well-into 2019, Donald Trump is in his second year as president, but guess what? Britain still hasn’t left the European Union. It seems as if a million deals have been discussed and then dropped to try and maintain trading friendships between Britain and other EU countries, and Prime Minister Theresa May has seen lots of resignations from her cabinet, but let’s break down what the heck is going on with Brexit right now.

For a little background,

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First, let’s talk about why this is taking so long. 

Well, frankly, a lot of the so called “Remainers” are still upset that the vote went the way it did, and have tried to stall it. Along those lines, they’ve also raised a lot of concerns about the deal being made with the rest of the European Union to protect trade deals. Some people have also mentioned just voiding the vote, or having another one, but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. It’s hard to reach a deal that is inevitably going to be contentious, and therefore no “deal” has been passed in the UK Parliament about just how to split amicably with the European Union.

Secondly, let’s look at the deadline. 

Brexit was supposed to occur in March 2019, but as you can tell, that didn’t happen. The European Union gave an extension through this fall, so the fight continues. In theory, Britain could leave the EU without a deal, but no one wants that because it would create a lot of problems with citizenship questions, passports, trade deals, et cetera.  Prime Minister May has said as of April 11, 2019 that she believes Britain needs to leave the EU with a deal as opposed to without one.

Finally, what should we be watching for?

Well, obviously, a deal would be a huge deal, but there is no expectation it will magically occur anytime soon. Rather, it is going to be important in the coming months to watch the figures involved in the Brexit movement. Will Theresa May stay in power? Will more cabinet members resign?

I recommend keeping an eye on British newspapers in the coming months for news about Brexit, whether that news is a deal finally getting made or another extension.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member