A way out of the Brexit morass?
09 May 2019 – 14:15 | No Comment

Brexit-bound Britain will participate in this month’s European Parliament (EP) election, unless UK prime minister, Theresa May, and opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, manage to push the thrice-rejected EU withdrawal agreement through the House of Commons …

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It’s time to rewire British politics

Submitted by on 26 Apr 2019 – 14:15

Its perhaps time to admit that a good deal is nearly impossible, and get on with getting out. Back in 2015, the Conservative Party won an absolute majority when former Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum on EU membership. However, now 49% of Conservative voters think that was a bad idea, according to a new poll by the Observer. Among Labour voters, 72% think the referendum should never have been held, while only 18% think it was the right thing to have done.

Brexit has exposed a deep rift in British politics. And it’s not just May’s government that’s under threat — it’s a whole system of British governance. This lack of vision and preparation, which was evident all along, have dogged May’s government, and culminated in her monumental parliamentary defeats. Britain’s broken political system was evident in the latest local elections.

As the Brexit muddle worsens, both Labour and the Tories are stuck on a political merry-go-round. The EU strategy to keep pressure on the British government with short deadlines barely worked out.

To avoid a no deal which would be the worst option for both EU and UK, the EU Heads of State and the UK government have now opted for a longer extension to give more time for a solution.

EU leaders for the second time granted an extension of Article 50 — and this time, a six-month one, until October 31, but Theresa May still don’t seem happy. Noting that she “never wanted” to agree a potential delay to Brexit until October, she appealed to MPs to pass a deal before May 22 to ensure the UK does not have to take part in the European election.

The choice of the EU Heads of State and governments not to pull the plug on British membership was driven by political realism. Obviously, the extension of the Art.50 for only a few months creates risks to the good functioning of the EU. But it also creates opportunities for all those in the UK to increase the political pressure towards a second referendum.

However, the fact that the UK is now very likely to participate in the European elections will provide an opportunity for pro-EU forces in the UK to stand up and mobilize.

What happens between now and October 31, as European Council President Donald Tusk says is totally in UK’s hands. If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month.

However, if the position of the United Kingdom were to evolve, the European Council will still prepared to reconsider the political declaration on the future relationship.