Brexit explained



Colton Kersey, Staff Writer

The Brexit date is currently set for October 31st, but a great divide in the United Kingdom government poses the question: is Brexit really going to happen?

Brexit, for those unaware, is a portmanteau for “British exit.” The United Kingdom which consists of England, Whales, North Ireland and Scotland voted on the 23rd of June 2016 to leave the European Union by a vote of 59.9% to 48.1%.

So what’s the big deal? Why does half the country want to leave? Here are the pros and cons of Brexit.

For Brexit

The UK currently spends £8.5bn annually in an EU membership fee if the UK leaves, and Brexit proponents say that money could instead be put back into the UK economy and government. If the UK leaves the EU, the United Kingdom would gain much independence that is lost under the European Union and establish itself as an independent nation.

Against Brexit

If abandoned, the UK would lose the privilege of free trade throughout Europe. This is important when you consider that 50% of British exports go to the European Union. UK citizens would also lose open border privileges with their European neighbors.

The Looming Deadline

Three years after the Brexit vote, the United Kingdom still remains in the European Union, but pressure from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may lead to British exit sooner rather than later. Back in May, previous Prime Minister Theresa May resigned over Brexit after failing to convince parliament to pass the Brexit bill on three separate occasions. Taking her place is a new Prime Minister and former Member of Parliament, Boris Johnson. Johnson is determined to finish what Theresa May started. Johnson has been quoted as saying “I’d rather be dead in a ditch than ask for a Brexit delay.”

Staying true to his word, Johnson pushes for an October 31st Brexit but lacks support from parliament. Johnson, in an attempt to create a new legislative agenda, had the Queen sign off on a Parliament suspension for five weeks; however, Scotland’s highest court deemed the suspension unlawful for misleading the Queen and his opponents quoted saying that this suspension would be the longest in decades and an undemocratic abuse of power, nonetheless the suspension is still being challenged in court.

We are currently unaware of what parliaments fate will be or whether or not Brexit will occur on October 31st.