Brexit: Where the hell do we stand

20/12/2019

Hi guys, welcome to the fourth Credo article of the year. Brainstorming for topics to write about, we accidently stepped upon the pile of shit that we call Brexit these days. Because everyone is confused about what is going on and how far this ‘escaping Europe’ is put into action, see here a ‘short’ (as far as that’s possible) recap of what happened in the past few months and what we’re looking forward to in the next. Buckle up guys, let’s go. 

On the 23rd of June ’16 the Brexit referendum took place where 51,9 percent of the population of the United Kingdom voted in favour of leaving the European Union. Optional, when an outcome is this close, is to maybe reconsider but instead they pulled through and announced an official withdrawal from the European Union only a few months after the referendum. It was ought to be a two-year plan where the UK would withdraw from Europe on the 29th of March ’19. As you all know, it did not really work out as planned and we are still living in a UK including Europe. To understand how and why all this is taking so long and is becoming so complicated, we have to start with the prime minister:

If you want to know who is to blame for the Brexit debacle: It starts with the name David and ends with Cameron. This guy has been prime minister for over six years and in his last year of ruling he set a date for the referendum to take place. Even though it was his idea, he campaigned for staying in the EU and didn’t want a Brexit at all. He solely wanted to live in a ‘reformed EU’ which actually means: an EU that’s more profitable for the UK. Shocked by the result of the referendum, the poor bastard resigned as prime minister and he passed the baton to our dear Theresa May. 

This woman had no choice than to go along with the deal that was made: ‘Brexit means Brexit’. Not to mention that was one of the main reasons why she was chosen to be Cameron’s successor in the first place. The only thing she could do was to make it go as smooth as possible. I mean, we can’t blame her, she tried. She put together two proposals for Brexit but, because the house of commons mainly exists of pro-EU parliament members, they were both rejected. At the end of her rope she didn’t see another option than resigning. So, after almost three years of trying to make this Brexit happen and a lot of sleepless nights, I imagine, she didn’t manage and that is when Boris Johnson came into the picture. 

With Johnson as prime minister and Dominic Cummings by his side, every hope of a no-Brexit vanished, and it looks like this withdrawal from the EU is really about to happen. No-deal or deal, Johnson couldn’t care less. The goal was to implement Brexit on the 31st of October but, as you all know, that failed as well. Now, as the UK just voted for a new parliament on the 12th of December, the chances Brexit will happen soon are sky-high. Johnson is well over-represented in the house of commons and there is almost no doubt that when they will vote on the Brexit proposal again, on the 31st of January, it will be accepted. So, at the end of next month we will live in a UK excluding Europe. But what does that mean for us?

Actually, for us, as Dutch students, there won’t be hardcore changes. The value of the Pound is rising so a trip to the UK will be a bit more expensive. Also, airport security will be a bitch and traveling with a pet is not worth the effort anymore. When you are an exchange student in the UK you will not be allowed to work while on exchange and you will lose the extra in-Europe budget. Further, the price of typical UK food will rise in our own shops (fortunately their food sucks) and our most imported group of products from the UK is pharmaceuticals so: as long as you stay healthy, don’t travel to the UK and don’t eat their food, Brexit won’t affect your daily business at all. Isn’t that great?