A couple of months have gone by since the people of England and Wales shocked the world with the results of the “Brexit” referendum, which directs the government of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
After a few rocky days of tumultuous protests and regret, EU leaders reminded their British counterparts that they must carry out the will of the people and come up with a sound exit strategy, which does not seem to be ready to be discussed.
An Uncomfortable Lack of Planning
In early September, the UK Secretary of State in charge of Brexit appeared before the Parliament with nary a single detail about how negotiations will take place. It is important to note that Scotland and Northern Ireland voted “Remain,” which means that political divisions among the UK jurisdictions must be considered.
The three major political factions of the UK Parliament dressed down Secretary of State David Davis, who has been trying to paint a rosy picture of Brexit. Several Members of Parliament have been anxious to hear from those who have been appointed to lead the country out of the EU without upsetting the status quo; regrettably, there seems to be a lack of planning at this point.
Speaking at the G20 Summit in China, Prime Minister Theresa May has not offered much on the state of Brexit other than vague mentions about the work being done; however, the EU and the British Parliament have been waiting on specific details for two months.
Strong Brexit Criticism
Luckily for the ruling officials, analysts believe that the UK has effectively dodged a post-Brexit economic catastrophe. Although the pound sterling has taken a beating against the euro, a recession is not expected to hit the British Isles this year; nonetheless, a recent memorandum from Japan is a sobering reminder of how much is at stake.
In plainspoken terms, Japanese officials reminded their British counterparts that the Asian nation has considerable investments in the UK. Japan would like nothing more than to continue this business relationship, which has been mutually beneficial for both nations, but only if the UK can maintain the economic status quo after Brexit.
Some Members of Parliament have interpreted the memo from Japan as a strong warning against arrogance. The UK cannot afford to break all economic ties with the EU even if many of the “Leave” voters would like to see an isolationist economy, which is what some MPs are afraid of when they hear the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State mention that there will be no need to invoke Article 50, which would require a legislative vote on how to handle Brexit.
The Secretary of State could not have chosen a worse time to appear before Parliament without a Brexit plan. The criticism is now strong from both “Remain” and “Leave” camps because all they are getting are promises of how great the UK will be once immigration is sorted out and the people break free from the chains of the EU.
The Hope for a Seamless Brexit
After the Secretary of State was thoroughly heckled by the Parliament for the utter lack of vision, analysts are worried that Brexit incompetence may result in a deep political division of the UK.
Political leaders in Scotland are once again talking about holding a referendum to leave the UK for the purpose of staying in the EU. There have been calls for a “Celtic Union” of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, three countries who are very EU friendly.
There is still hope for a smooth Brexit, but it is safe to say that the UK still has a rocky road ahead.