The Day After Brexit

The sun rose this morning, in the same place it usually does. Even in the United Kingdom – which is still part of Europe after all. –

They’ll vote on yet another divorce deal today, British parliamentarians having rejected the first two. Citizens must be getting pretty tired of all the fuss. After all, the UK was supposed to be out of the EU today. That’s what they voted for in 2016.

The ongoing scenario has me wishing I was teaching political science. Brexit could be a university course in itself. There are so many examples here of how politicians shouldn’t do things.

Whether the UK is better off in or out of the European Union I leave to history and the citizens of the region to decide. I could argue both sides equally convincingly. But no-one can argue that the divorce process has been anything but a disaster.

British politicians, having set the whole process in motion by promising a referendum that should never been held, or at least never should have been binding, keep piling on one apparent incompetence after another. It seems that those desiring to leave the EU had no plan on how that should be accomplished, and no idea how new trade relations with Europe would be structured.

No-one seemed to have considered that the rest of Europe might be a little upset that the UK no longer wanted to be part of their club. Apparently no-one realized that trade negotiations are complex, and that you can’t always get what you want (Donald Trump’s recent agreement with Canada and Mexico may be the exception to that.)

Not only did the sun rise in the UK this morning, it rose in the rest of Europe also. People there just wish the Brits would finish packing an move out. Don’t forget to turn out the lights and make sure you leave your keys behind.

I’d be curious as to whether a referendum held today would provide the same results as the one in 2016. British politicians, at least those in charge, have refused to do that.

Maybe if they had they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble. To the average voter in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, European politics probably looks a lot more appealing today.

One comment

  1. The average voter may not want the immigration.

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