News: “Brexit” Update
by Joshua Adoh
The term Brexit stands for “British exit,” describing Britain plans to soon exit the rule of the European Union (EU).
So, why is the United Kingdom leaving the Union?
Well, the UK is leaving the Union due to the referendum, or public vote, being passed to support this exit, according to BBC News. This referendum was held on June 23rd, 2016.
The big question that was on everyone’s mind during the referendum was, “should the UK leave or remain in the Union?” The leave side won 52 percent to 48 percent. The date for the UK’s exit was initially set to be March 29th, 2018.
The UK and the other EU countries are currently discussing the withdrawal agreement, discussing more of how the United Kingdom will secede from the EU, rather then what will happen after they leave.
According to BBC News, the withdrawal agreement has two documents, one draft that is a 585-page agreement on Britain’s withdrawal and another 26-page statement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
Each discuss the commitments over citizens’ rights after Brexit, stating that people will be able to work and study where they currently live, and to be joined by family members. A 21-month transition period will be held after the UK’s departure, to allow time for trade talks.
The UK will continue to follow all EU rules during this period in order to give governments and businesses more time to prepare for long-term changes.
According to Bloomberg News, the most pressing issues of the Brexit development is: “Government may present the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament next week. This encapsulates the Brexit deal in law.”
Senior members of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative MP’s met recently amid increasing frustration with May’s leadership.
All the discussion of Britain exiting the EU has been flipped on its head. So much has happened that even the President has been forced to step in.
Rachel Johnson, the sister of arch-Brexiter Boris Johnson and former BBC North America correspondent Gavin Esler, is a candidate of those apart of Change UK.
Each candidate believes the same things – that the old political parties let them down.
“Our political system is a joke, it’s a worldwide joke, they’re laughing at us – not with us but at us,” said Gavin Esler during the Change UK candidates announcements. “I’ve joined the Remain alliance to stop Brexit, fix Britain and move on to reform the EU. The first move is a people’s vote, because we have to stop Brexit now.”
The Change UK party is looking to make some real changes, but are experiencing pressing opposition from the Labour Party who is currently working hard to get Parliament to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the legislation that allows Brexit to happen.
“The Labour Party’s official position is that it accepts the divorce part of the deal, and just objects to the bit about the future relationship with the bloc,” stated Bloomberg News.
Brexit does not seem to be getting resolved anytime soon, so you can sit tight and leave it to The Brave News to supply you with constant updates.