Paraphrasing Bob Dylan, how many roads, how many seas, how manysleeps, how many times or how many years is it going to take beforethe UK is allowed to be free from Brexit’s Turmoil?
With his song, Bob Dylan meant to show how life is constantly testing us with new challenges but nonetheless, we need to go out there and experience life. We need to keep going and relish no matter how hard these challenges are. However, is this the kind of reality that we are also expected to endure with Brexit?
Bob Dylan was definitely not thinking about Brexit when hewrote his famous song “Blowing in the Wind” fifty-five years ago. Nor could theUK have been thinking about exiting something they had not yet entered at thetime.
The foundation of the European Union, the Treaty of Rome, was signed by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany in 1957 which gave rise to the European Economic Community (EEC). Ireland and the United Kingdom would join the European Community later in 1973. But it would take another twenty years until the European Union, that we know today, would be established with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. Another twenty-three years later, for good or for bad, the UK decided to leave.
So here we are, two years after the decision to leave andjust a month away from the official withdrawal date and the people in the UKstill do not have answers. The governmentand Parliament have still not found the answers as to how Britain is going toexit the European Union.
At the time of writing this post the leader of theopposition party in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn, has backed another Referendum ifthere is not a satisfactory alternative to no-deal. Does this mean that afterall, the UK may still remain in the European Union? Indeed, not everybody inthe UK may be supporting this idea. And yet, even if there is anotherReferendum there is the chance that people will vote once more in favour ofBrexit which will take Britain back to square one. However, the other optionsare not very enlightening either. The large Parliamentary opposition to TheresaMay’s withdrawal agreement means that there is a high probability that Britaincould be leaving with no-deal. Although leaving with no-deal for some could bethe ideal situation, no matter how many struggles and challenges Britain couldface, for others it will mean disaster and chaos. A third possibility isdelaying Brexit by postponing Article 50, so Britain does not leave as expectedon March 29th this year, but many also wonder if any different answers could befound by delaying Brexit.
In the search for answers, Theresa May has set up three keydates for the next two weeks. On March 12th the Parliament will bevoting again for Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. If the agreement isrejected, then the next day, March 13th, the Parliament will bevoting on leaving the EU without a deal, and if this is also rejected then onMarch 14th the Article 50 period may be then extended.
Certainly, my friend, the answer is blowing in the wind!