Impasse over Brexit

January 28, 2019

London has of late turned out to be the center of opposition to the notions, strategies, and maneuvers of British politicians on Brexit as British citizens are confronted with an indeterminate future. The UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) on March 29. They know all too well that a hard exit or a no-deal Brexit will have dire consequences for the UK. No wonder that those like Corbyn emphasize the need for a distinct agreement with Europe. British citizens are mindful that a soft Brexit agreement with Europe, on the model of PM May, will only lead to the loss of many privileges for London. At the same time, holding a referendum again in Britain will also create a new crisis in the country, and will outrage the backers of Brexit deal. Each one of the choices will surely have consequences for London and neither one will offer a steady and better situation for the British. In other words, Brexit is the UK frustration point with Europe and the international system. Over time, the UK public frustration will increase over the Brexit crisis. It matters little whether the Labor Party or Conservative Party holds the top political and executive positions in the UK. What matters is the intricate situation that London will face for at least a decade. The negative vote by the Parliament to the Theresa May plan to leave the EU has produced a problematical condition in London. People like Boris Johnson and conservative figures plead a hard Brexit and a clean break from the EU, and Labor Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and his likes call for early elections and the removal of May from power. British PM May is trying to present Plan B to the Parliament. Former British PM Tony Blair is calling for a second Brexit Referendum.  European leaders play a game concerning Brexit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior European officials have frequently argued that with the British PM failure of Brexit in the British Parliament, there will be no further talks on this issue, and Europe does not intend to give fresh concessions to London. However, within a few hours of voting in the British Parliament, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that if May’s plan fails in the Parliament, he will negotiate with Britain further. The European dual approach has boosted challengers of May’s Brexit in the British Parliament, an issue that has infuriated May.  Perceptibly, March won’t mark the end of Brexit in England and Europe but will be a starting point for skirmishes between Europe and England in the global system. The skirmish will only weaken Britain in terms of domestic and foreign policy as well as its economy.

London has of late turned out to be the center of opposition to the notions, strategies, and maneuvers of British politicians on Brexit as British citizens are confronted with an indeterminate future.