BREXIT: TWISTS, TURNS AND ROADWORK UP AHEAD

Interesting Feb 07, 2020

Could anything be more dramatic than an Indian TV soap opera? Brexit was. With enough twists and turns to get anyone's head swimming, the Brexit finally concluded this week, with the UK finally leaving the European Union (well almost, it's complicated).

For all the uninitiated, the European Union an is economic and a political union involving 28 European countries. It allows free trade, which means goods can move between member countries without any checks or tariffs. It also allows easy travel to its citizens, fulfilling Europeans' solo travel dreams while we Indians are still saving money for it.

Starting from the beginning a quick summary: all the way back in 2013, David Cameron decided to settle a debate about the UK staying in the EU by holding a national referendum. That's when the term Brexit emerged and surprisingly became etched in history. Now, Mr. Cameron was sure that the majority would vote for staying in the EU, however that 52% (2016 poll) did not lie, owing to the refugee crisis the UK was facing at that time. Now, began the actual debate. Now, along came Theresa May, the new prime minister with the responsibility of drafting a withdrawal. Mrs. May had promised that Brexit would mean an end to free movement, that is, the right of people from elsewhere in Europe to live and work in Britain. Working class people who see immigration as a threat to their jobs viewed that as a victory. However, May could not get the opposition conservative lawmakers to agree to the deal, leading to extensive delays and her subsequent resignation. This was when, the Conservatives' Boris Johnson got elected with a calculated early general election, with a landslide victory and a mission to get Brexit concluded as quick as possible. But alas, even he couldn't live up to that promise and there was (surprise surprise) another delay. Though, in the end these rebellious members of parliament finally agreed and Brexit was concluded (almost).

Now, the UK finally left the EU on January the 31st 2020. But the hard part has just begun, now begins an 11 month period of deciding the Withdrawal Agreement which will decide the new trade laws between the EU and the UK. Along with this, this will also decide the way customs work, a controversial topic when it comes to Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and Ireland (part of the EU) and how that will function.

With trades, migration and overall economics left to sort out, there's still quite a way to go before we stop hearing about Brexit.

Adrika Singh

DJLIT Editorial Co-committee member

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