Brexit: piece de resistance?
By admin July 13, 2018

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The current position taken by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Brexit seeks to preserve uncomplicated goods trade with the European Union, and avoid border checks and tariffs. Supporters of a more radical Brexit policy, fear that May’s new deal may lead to excessive British dependence on the EU, especially in the sphere of trade.

The Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, resigned on July 9, 2018, adding to the divisions over Brexit that endanger May’s government. Mr. Johnson, a former journalist and London Mayor, had raised concern with Mrs. May’s proposal for the UK to leave the EU next year. He was skeptical, as he believed it was a rather easy Brexit deal that deceived the millions who voted to leave the EU. According to the BBC, Johnson had argued that May’s plan would turn the UK “into a vassal state” by committing to comply with the EU’s “rule book” regarding the trade of goods despite being outside the bloc.

The resignation of the pro-Leave Conservative lawmaker Boris Johnson came soon after Cabinet minister David Davis, who was in charge of leading UK government’s Department for Exiting the European Union, decided to leave. Davis resigned two days after May’s government agreed on a decision for post-Brexit relations with the EU. David Davis abandoned his position, as he could not support May’s plan to unite her divided cabinet. He stated “it involved too close a relationship with the EU and gave only an illusion of control being returned to the UK after Brexit.” Considering that conservatives do not form a majority in the House of Commons anyway, Davis’s resignation might significantly challenge May’s stand in the long run.

Back to back resignations in the UK government have led to the dwindling of Theresa May’s position, specially when the course of the relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit remain unclear. The shifts in British governance point to the possibility of growing political struggles in the UK.

May is also facing resistance from large British companies including BMW, AirBus etc. They claim that they will have to leave the UK along with thousands of jobs if the deal goes through. UK has till March 2019 to finalize the deal. It’s time Theresa May finalize a Brexit deal or face the potentially damaging consequences for the countries’ economy.


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