Political will holding up Brexit

Remember Brexit?

“Brexit proposals are not undeliverable but rather it is political will holding up negotiations” – curiously that’s the view of the politician in charge, the United Kingdom’s Brexit Minister Dominic Raab.

Reuters: UK’s Brexit proposals are not undeliverable, it is about political will: Raab

Raab also said Britain shouldn’t have a closed mind in negotiations and was open to listening to other suggestions to help break the impasse on outstanding issues.


The Independent: Three Tory ministers back new Brexit referendum, Conservative conference event told

At least three government ministers privately support giving the public another vote on Brexit, a former minister has claimed.

Dr Phillip Lee, who quit the government in June in order to speak out on Brexit, said he knew of other ministers who were “on the cusp” of resigning over the issue.

The MP warned a fringe event at the Conservatives‘ annual conference that the party was now “on the side of angry men, against women and young people”.

Asked how many Tory MPs privately support the campaign for a Final Say referendum, Mr Lee told the Conservatives for a People’s Vote event: “I suspect there are significant numbers of colleagues who see the argument for a second vote.

BBC: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

A referendum – a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part – was held on Thursday 23 June, 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%.

That was over two years ago. Progress is slow.

When is the UK due to leave the EU?

For the UK to leave the EU it had to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the two sides two years to agree the terms of the split. Theresa May triggered this process on 29 March, 2017, meaning the UK is scheduled to leave at 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019. It can be extended if all 28 EU members agree, but at the moment all sides are focusing on that date as being the key one, and Theresa May has now put it into British law.

So is Brexit definitely happening?

The UK government and the main UK opposition party both say Brexit will happen. There are some groups campaigning for Brexit to be halted, but the focus among the UK’s elected politicians has been on what relationship the UK has with the EU after Brexit, rather than whether Brexit will happen at all. Nothing is ever certain, but as things stand Britain is leaving the European Union. There is more detail on the possible hurdles further down this guide…

What’s happening now?

The UK and EU have provisionally agreed on the three “divorce” issues of how much the UK owes the EU, what happens to the Northern Ireland border and what happens to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK but talks are now focusing on the detail of how to avoid having a physical Northern Ireland border – and on future relations. To buy more time, the two sides have agreed on a 21-month “transition” period to smooth the way to post-Brexit relations.


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    • artcroft

       /  2nd October 2018

      James, It isn’t about GDP don’t ya know. Its about quality of life, rainbows, unicorns and s**t like that. You gotta leave this last century GDP thinking behind. Brexit: Let’s do this.

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  3. David

     /  2nd October 2018

    May is probably the worst negotiator ever known, everyone knows the EU never gives an inch until the last moment and they member governments step in and rein in Juncker, as per the Canada FTA.
    May agreed to pay 40 billion to the EU before she even started negotiating then she agreed unilaterally on immigration. At every turn she conceded with getting nothing in return then she had her office of remainers backdoor her negotiating department. The EU were never going to make it easy otherwise there would be a mass exodus as they are hardly popular in many other countries.
    May was a very ineffective minister and has proven a pretty awful PM who confuses being a strong leader with being too timid to change direction and just digs her heels in. Her Chequers deal was bound to be hated by Brexiteers, it would never work for the EU and didnt really satisfy the Remainers and if you play all your cards you have nothing left to negotiate.

    • Gezza

       /  2nd October 2018

      Good analysis, that. Imo.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  2nd October 2018

        Yep, pitiful. She can’t manage her own cabinet let alone the EU negotiation. I imagine she is kept in power simply because of that.


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