In the year 2016, the world was stunned when the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to depart from its membership in the politico-economic European Union. This was the “Brexit” initiative intended to cut the UK from making consensuses with regards to their foreign policies such as immigration, as well as setting their own rules regarding trade agreements with other countries. The parting of Britain from the EU is happening this coming March, and as the days count down Prime Minister Theresa May has been trying to pitch a proposal for Brexit with deals in place. Parliament did not approve.
CNN reports that whatever plans Theresa May might have for negotiating a “Brexit deal” was epically shot down on Tuesday, January 15 at the House of Commons. With regards to Section 13 of the UK’s “EU Withdrawal Act of 2018), which posits that the government must be able to propose an amenable motion to parliament, that is, that their plan for Brexit must have ironclad deals included so that the country may still avail of some of the European Union’s services. Prime Minister May did have such a plan, but it has been voted down 432-202. This is the biggest voting defeat of a government measure in Commons since 1924.
It is interesting to note that the massive wave of no’s that sunk the “Brexit deal” proposal was composed of both critics and hardliners on the UK withdrawal from the EU. The former voted so because they felt the assurances were not as workable as can be, while the latter did so because they are pushing for an absolute “no-deal Brexit” that would leave no connections whatsoever with the political and economic links of the European Union. Following the defeat of the Prime Minister’s motion came a call for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s leadership. She has 24 hours to convince Commons not to vote her off.
Meanwhile, on the side of the EU, European Council President Donald Tusk is calling on the UK to make its plans clear before the withdrawal date arrives. “The risk of a disorderly exit has increased with this vote and, while we do not want this to happen, we will be prepared for it,” Tusk noted, adding later on Twitter, “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?”
The reality of Brexit will come to pass on March 29, whether the UK has a plan for a deal or not. If a no-deal scenario comes to pass, observers are predicting a period of panic and disorder. Ireland, the only EU nation with a UK-shared land border (via Northern Ireland), stated that it is preparing for that possible eventuality.
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