Bye bye Britain. More than three years after the Brexit referendum in June 2016, the UK is finally heading out the door. We’re sad to see you go, but hopefully we can at least remain friends.

Can we stop talking about Brexit now? For the past few years, the rest of Europe has reacted with confused bemusement as Britain’s political system descended into complete paralysis. With Boris Johnson recently handed a thumping majority by the electorate, however, can the most divisive issue in postwar UK politics finally be resolved?

Not so fast. Now the second stage of the Brexit process begins. The “divorce agreement” has been finalised (including Britain agreeing to pay the money it owes) but the talks on the future trade relationship are only just beginning.

The UK will now enter the so-called “transition period” until at least December 2020. For most people (unless you’re a British MEP), nothing will change. The UK still has full access to the EU Single Market, and EU citizens can still live and work in the UK (and vice versa), but Britain will no longer have a seat at the table when it comes to making the European rules it follows. For the time being, the United Kingdom has become a “fax democracy” (or, as Prime Minister Johnson would put it: a “vassal state”), forced to adopt all European Union regulations without having any influence over their crafting.

Understandably, the UK Prime Minister wants Britain to leave the transition period as quickly as possible. Johnson is committed to concluding the second stage of the Brexit process by the end of 2020 (a breakneck schedule which EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has called “impossible”). Some predict the next eleven months might be even more fractious than the three years that preceded it.

Can we finally move on from Brexit? Or will the next stage of the process be even more bitter and acrimonious? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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  1. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Can we finally move on from Brexit?

    What a wonderful and apt expression in your lead quip!

    As the EU has financially buggered us senseless for years, the relief at the rear end finally able to dance in tandem with ‘sweet smelling ladies,’ is the sweetest taboo.

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    I think United Kingdom Can’t have a dela until the end of this year because It is theri wants

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    Yes. Europe has to. Hasta nunca England

  4. avatar
    Rupert Strachwitz

    It’s not a matter of can or cannot – we are moving on anyway! But we need to do a few things soon, like
    a) keeping as many bridges open as we can,
    b) thinking through that Europe and EU is not the same thing and act accordingly,
    c) hurry up and create a European security and defence system with the UK outside the EU.

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    If by ‘we’ you mean the remaining nations in the EU,then yes it has to, but the question is in what direction?.

  6. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Can we finally move on from Brexit?

    As a nation of free peoples under our own democratic standards, we can no longer carry the absurd idea we have to function in a way that is not in ‘our’ financial best interests. Self interest is the main thrust of a free people. And there is much that being part of a club, which does not have our interests but theirs at heart, will stop how we must move forward economically. However, as a side issue, economics are not the be all and end of self interest. The content of a nation is at the forefront of progress on every level. As, without contentment in the majority citizens, no nation can function to its full potential.

    The major problem within the UK presently, is the division of society on what is good within our ethos and what is bad. So, that has to change and fast. From the offset, leadership must progress only on a basis of ‘self interest’ at its core. For too long we have diverged from sane enterprise, leading us into direct poverty relating to lack of productive thinking and creative action.

    First, it must begin with economical self interest which discards any element who feel they can divert from our best interest to their best interest. It must be made clear from the offset, we are no longer going to allow any kind of pressure taking us from ‘good practice self importance’ to anything not envisioned as British advancement of its peoples.

    Change of direction is the only course a country can take if they wish to profit and prosper after leaving a diminishing relationship with rules that stifled its natural ability to prosper as a leading country is expected to do.

    This means, those who ran our country whilst being chained to an organisation that kept us subjugated by their ‘self interest’ of closed trading prospects, by its very nature, would naturally be going against that needed to thrive in a future mentality. Any such rules must be turned on their head by ridding government positions holding them in it. Their loyalty serves an old format of paralysis, not a new thinking needed to significantly prosper as a motivated sovereign country. We already hear words of holding back, whilst they wait for a return to their old tried and tested politically correct mantra sent to us by those who wish to stultify.

    Preferences for ‘developing countries’ is not the route to look at when putting UK self interest in the front line. Idiots we presently run with, the ones who stand by outdated policies of self extinction, have to be discarded. If the UK is to function at a high level, one it must have to be considered world movers and shakers of tomorrow, it must reject any sentiment side tracking us from a determination to succeed in every field.

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