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What’s the Deal with Brexit?

While a multitude of foreigners have criticized the United States for our political instability and cluttered government, the United Kingdom’s current parliamentary circumstances seem no more secure. After being Prime Minister of the U.K. for just over three years, Theresa May resigned due to a failure to enact the controversial plan, Brexit. Brexit refers to the act of the United Kingdom exiting the economic and political partnership of 28 countries, called the European Union. May explained that “ever since I first stepped through the door as Prime Minister, I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for [a few], but for everyone.” She continued, “Sadly, I have not been able to implement BREXIT – but I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high.” After these words of resignation, the leader of the Conservative Party of Britain, Boris Johnson, replaced May as Prime Minister. 

As of now, the question the whole of Europe is trying to answer, is: Now that May is gone, how is Johnson going to handle Brexit? Like May, Johnson is an adamant supporter of the Brexit plan, and has made a promise to the people of the United Kingdom to enact Brexit by October 31st, 2019. This proposal involves the European Union re-opening the ‘Withdrawal Agreement,’ a 585-page deal that Theresa May originally sealed in November 2018. 

 

But, how will this plan actually manifest itself? The immediate problem Johnson faces is attempting to convince Brussels to offer him a new deal, as the European Union demands that May’s original withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened. So, Johnson only has two realistic options. Plan A, being that he needs to renegotiate the Brexit deal and come out with a new, more substantial and realistic plan by October 31st to propose. Or, Plan B being to leave with no deal, but have a ‘standstill’ arrangement with the E.U.to prevent crippling tariffs. Experts are saying that the latter is implausible and unrealistic, and Borris is best off simply attempting to renegotiate a new deal.

So, what happens next? No one knows! Either Johnson will renegotiate with the E.U. and create a new offer, or exit the E.U. and suffer the catastrophic economic impacts. Either way, the United Kingdom’s politics will be put on hold until Brexit is solved.

By Maggie Di Sanza

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