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It may be a messy March for the UK


The Brexit plan emphasizes a worrisome trend of isolationism

When looking at British politics right now, one thing seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind: Brexit.

Brexit, a portmanteau of “British” and “exit” which is meant to describe Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU), is the idea of the Conservative party, headed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

May is not necessarily well liked among those in the British political sphere for both her Brexit plans and not-so-killer dance moves.


Illustration: Olivia Heisterkamp ’19/THE HAWK

Theresa May aside, I still have some major concerns that I feel need to be voiced pertaining to the viability of Brexit. Will Brexit ever actually happen? And if so, what will this mean for the ideals of the western world?

The EU is a collection of 28 member states, all countries in Europe. Their main goal is to promote peace within the region through political and economic connectivity and the use of a single currency, the euro. One of the EU’s primary focuses is sustaining economic stability within the countries of membership.

This does, however, come with a price tag. Most countries within the EU have to include a Value Added Tax (VAT) in order to get the funding they need to continue to function.

Economic policy is the major problem for the British people and the EU. One of the major reasons British citizens voted on leaving the EU is that unemployment rates have risen in southern Europe. Stagnation has also risen throughout the entirety of the European economy.

Personally, I feel that the British decided to leave the EU for one thing and one thing only and that is in order to have complete sovereignty. The people of Great Britain have always seemed to define themselves not as Europeans, but as British.

Therefore, Brexit and the astonishing vote of approval it received initially did not

surprise me. The Brits already refuse to fully adopt the euro and they accept both the British pound and the euro when you visit the United Kingdom (UK).

On this note, it is confusing as to why the government is having so many problems withBrexit. Recently, the revised plan that May presented to Parliament was quickly rejected, leaving  the government with few options on what to do before the decision deadline on March 29 rolls around.

The options left to them are to leave the EU with no plan at all and ‘break hard,’ or to accept a revised version of the plan May presented. The final, and most likely, option is to have a referendum to call off Brexit altogether.

None of these options seem to be the ideal choice and it is not shocking that the UK is currently spinning on its head.

It seems to me though, that the entire idea of Brexit has one underlying theme I mentioned earlier and that is isolation.

This trend towards isolation is not only dangerous but it can cause an influx of it within other countries as well.

Brexit, in my opinion, is perplexing. It seems to be a bad idea but at the same time I completely understand why the UK has chosen to do so. The dilemma at this point is how exactly will the Brits get out of the EU and will it be messy?

I guess we will all find out March 29.

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