Time flies at lightning speed. Today it is already five years since the British public voted to leave the European Union, sparking perhaps the messiest divorce deal in history.
Because certain Britsh political leaders telling so many lies about the EU and money that the UK could gain by leaving it, the British public was tricked to trap in a loophole and purgatory.
Slowly it is beginning to dawn on several Britons that the majority of the British People made the wrong choice five years ago and sent the country into chaos. Too late, many Britons came to see that the European Union was more a blessing than a curse. Though there are still the hard ones who consider they are better off now than before Brexit. For many Brexit has been a steep learning curve and eye opener.
The pleading of certain politicians to focus on “the things that most people care about” was a dead letter. The liars on the forefront blinded the majority of the population.
David Cameron gambled wrongly, and lost. Instead of settling the United Kingdom’s perennial neurosis over its relationship with Europe once and for all, Great-Britain came to see that they needed very much the European continent and could not do with economical and fishing arrangements.
Compared to the results of the 2016 referendum, where 51.9 per cent of people voted to leave and 48.1 voted to remain, the nation appears to remain as divided as ever.
The polling also showed that very few people had shifted positions, with only 6 per cent of Remainers saying they would now vote Leave, and 7 per cent of Leavers claiming they would change their vote.
Back when Britain leaving the EU without a trade agreement remained possible, the predictions for the coming weeks and months were dire. We could see long lines of trucks piling up along motorways in England, France and Belgium. Transporters were very worried about the conditions of the food in their trucks. Food supplies became obstructed, and it now has become so difficult to send food from one country to another some companies (like one run by my son) stopped shipping to the United Kingdom. Matters have become too complicated, time-consuming and becoming too expensive for the customer.
British should have come to see that the nation’s economy has taken a significant hit as disruption and no clear agreements caused havoc to trade. A taste of the predicted stasis was felt when France closed off borders with the UK to limit the spread of a new strain of Covid-19 – with travellers now forced to take a test before crossing the channel.
Many had forgotten or had no idea what would going to happen in Northern Ireland. We, at the continent, were very afraid the IRA would come back in the picture and soon troubles would start again in Northern Ireland. We still hope Scotland shall succeed in liberating itself from the ties of England so that it shall unite again with Europe in the near future.
Europe can not and may not agree that certain goods would be able to enter the Republic of Ireland without control. Though keeping that border open is extremely important, due to the very real risk of sectarian violence between Catholic and Protestant communities.
The Northern Irish Protocol Johnson and the EU agreed to may solve the problem by half. The special status granted to Northern Ireland within the EU’s customs territory, removing the need for checks on goods crossing the border is something that can not last and is unrighteous to the other countries. We can see already now that the de facto sea border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland is already causing problems. The Northern Irish unionists have found in it (good) reason to march again.
Well over a year after the UK officially left Europe, London and Brussels remain engaged in a spat over the logistical realities of the protocol that Johnson himself agreed to.
In Belgium many had a big laugh about the “sausage wars”. While it sounds silly, it could further destabilise an already tense situation in Northern Ireland.
Katy Hayward, professor in political sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast, says:
“Northern Ireland’s political scene is often somewhat precarious, but in the case of Brexit, there is a new sense of common helplessness,”
The whole situation of not being better of than five years ago, makes it for the British politicians even more difficult to receive credibility.
Many Britons have finally realised that they have been led by the nose and have lost all credibility in their political leaders, partly because they still have not found a good solution so far.
Many Remain voters in Scotland, who didn’t support independence in 2014, now do, while independence support, in general, is now strongly pro-EU membership. The only solution for them to get back some acceptable arrangements with Europe, would be that the Scottish politicians make it very clear how the European Union in the past has helped the poor regions in Wales, England and Scotland, and how it would be the best solution to have a good market share.
The divide, which many citizens of Great-Britian seem not enough to realise, means Johnson is fighting grievance politics every week, distracting from the other crises facing his government.
The Britons thought they were going to come out of the Union stronger, but it looks more like they have become weaker. The present times show how much we need each other and how we better join hands to be stronger on all fronts.
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