Brexit – Where We’re At

Brexit – Where We’re At

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Elected on 23rd July 2019, Boris Johnson stepped in as Prime Minister after Theresa May stepped down after three years in number 10.

Since Boris' election, he has been back and forth to the EU for talks on a new Brexit deal to ensure the UK would leave, as promised, on the 31st October 2019. Do MP’s ever keep their promises, do they ‘eck! To some, they thought by backing Boris the job was well done others have become suspicious of his character and willingness to lie to the public to get them on his side. So, after parliamentary deadlock, where are we now? And how will this all affect the real people?

For months we have been going through a parliamentary deadlock where opposition parties are butting heads and MPs are failing to compromise and agree on any deal or bid to be able to go forward with Brexit. It could be seen that it’s been more of a contest of personalities so far, rather than any attempt to find do their duties. Boris’ new Brexit deal isn’t too dissimilar to Theresa May’s deal, however, Boris has managed to come to some sort of agreement for the Irish backstop, which was one of the main factors at stopping any bill from passing through parliament. It’s hard to understand what the deal truly is as (politics being politics) there are always meanings written between the lines. National Institute of Economic and Social Research stated that the huge £70bn bill that this Brexit deal will cost, it’d be cheaper carrying on with uncertainty. To put that into perspective, it’ll cost every one “£1,100 from every person in the country every year.” It’s now understandable why the cabinet refused to release the documents with facts and figures or two weeks until popular demand forced them to.

The new Brexit bill had a few knockbacks itself, firstly MPs voted against it as the deadline was only days away for the UK to leave the. After a series of back and forth, the bill was accepted but not agreed upon, this means that MPs were willing to accept the deal but didn’t want it to be implemented straightaway. Usually, once a bill like this is agreed, it then moves to the next stage of ‘scrutiny’, this is when MPs, in particular, the opposition, can take time to go through the deal in detail to make sure that what they are agreeing on is what’s best for the country. This is ultimately the reason as to why the UK isn’t leaving on the 31st  of October. We should really be grateful for this as it means Brexit will not be rushed to allow only certain people to gain from it.

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Boris didn’t get the deal through easily however, he had to give an ultimatum, which if you closed your eyes you can picture him rolling in on a tricycle creepily uttering, ‘would you like to play a game?’ Accept the Brexit bill and we will have a general election on the 12th December 2019 he told the House of Commons. In a time of such uncertainty with the lack of trust in our Government and the unknown future of the country, it’s hard to call who will win the election. Walking on dangerous territory no matter who you vote for, we can see a new collation possibly being formed. Only after the Prime Minister agreed to pull no-deal off the table did the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbin, accepted the bill and is willing to fight once again in a general election saying to the public, “this is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the country”.

I bet not many people where looking for a general election for Christmas, but nevertheless, only 13 days before festivities, the country will once again line up at the polling station for third time since Brexit began. So it’s time to get research once again what each party wishes to do for the country for Brexit deliberations and also all other manners of issues too. Conservative are ensuring Brexit, the majority of Labour stand for democracy to deliver Brexit (despite Corbyn flipping sides) whilst the Liberal Democrats are outrightly stating they are the party to stop Brexit. With so many conflicting opinions, whoever gets into parliament after 12th December it isn’t certain who is going to thrive or at least survive after Brexit.

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Due to Boris’ decision to hold a general election on the 12th December, it was important that each party and whichever party gets into power, has the chance to create a new cabinet, Brexit has now been extended to the 31st January 2020. EU president Donald Tusk tweeted that this may be the last extension that the UK will be given and wishes that MPs “make the best use of this time”. So until we have another democratic vote and see who will be voted into Number 10 or if Boris walks back in stronger, Brexit is once again paused.

It is possible that Brexit will be the biggest political event of our lifetime, it’ll be something which our future children will be taught in their history and politics lessons at school. To see the positive in this you have to think no matter if you’re a remainer or leave voter, at least we are moving forward(ish) out of this crisis that Brexit has become. We have a deal, we just need to get the right party in number 10 to implement it and take care of our country in every possible way.

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