ESL – Brexit Part 6

29 March

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Brexit Part 6

Remind me, wasn’t something supposed to happen today the 29 March?
In my last blog about Brexit in early February, I finished by wearily writing:
‘ My conclusion for now is that quandaries of this nature have been around some time. And their best solution may be more-so found in our shared goodwill instead of the decisions of our politicians.  Alternative opinions will abound. ‘

So where have our political leaders led us to over the past 3 years?
The 2016 vote was just the start. Since then, negotiations have been dawdling along. The dreary drawn-out discussions have been about the departure deal, which sets out exactly how the UK leaves (it does not state what will happen afterwards). This deal is known as the Withdrawal Agreement.

What does the Withdrawal Agreement say?
The Withdrawal Agreement is supposed to clarify these key points:

  • How much money the UK will have to pay the EU in order to break the partnership – that’s said to be about £39bn. Really?
  • What will happen to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU, and equally, what will happen to EU citizens living in the UK.  Would our Parliamentarians care to tell us please?
  • How to avoid the return of a physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when it becomes the frontier between the UK and the EU.  How can any decision-process even begin, when no representative body in Northern Ireland has been  governing it for over 2 years?

A length of time, called the transition period, has been agreed to allow the UK and EU to agree a trade deal and to give businesses the time to adjust. 

Have MPs backed the Withdrawal Agreement?
No. They have voted against it three times.That means the UK has missed the EU deadline to secure an extension of the Brexit process and leave with a deal on 22 May.

So what happens now?
The key date now is 12 April – the UK will need to tell the EU what it wants to do next by then. For example, it could ask for another extension. But if the UK wants a long extension, would the EU really want British candidates campaigning in the summer elections for the European Parliament?  Otherwise, the default is that the UK will leave without a deal on 12 April.

What happens if the UK leaves without a deal?
“No deal” means the UK would have failed to agree a withdrawal agreement.  That would mean there would be no transition period after the UK leaves, and EU laws would  immediately  stop applying to the UK

It’s a mad, mad world.

Thank you for reading my blog

Gordon

And I quote: ” In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. “
Charles de Gaulle

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