Okay, hear me out. I know you’re bored of hearing the term ‘Brexit’ as much as I am about writing about it.
Theresa May is having a nightmare. Her Brexit plan was rejected in the biggest defeat for a government in British history. She’s had to fend off two challenges to her leadership, one from her own party and one from the entire House of Commons.
She’s now had only three days to come up with a plan B, for how Britain will be able to leave the European Union without plunging the country into a ‘No Deal’ form of chaos.
This, according to many scaremongering MP’s, will lead to trade coming to a halt, leading to a build-up of lorries on major UK motorways, rising prices and the shutdown of major UK businesses until the situation is resolved.
On Monday, the Prime-Minister will reveal her plan, though very few people expect that the plan will earn her the votes needed to pass the motion of accepting the Brexit deal on January 29th.
Instead, many political commentators (the guys who get paid to watch BBC Parliament, yes that’s why there is such a channel) predict that following Mrs May’s defeat in Parliament there will be simply two options left open to May, the government and the British public. So, let’s take a look at these two options.
Option A is that we extend our Brexit deal deadline a further six months from March to October. This would give the government more time to negotiate new terms of the deal with Brussels.
However, many commentators believe that this would signal a change in Prime-Minister through May’s resignation, giving someone new from May’s Conservative party the chance to negotiate with the 27 other EU leaders. Having survived the leadership challenge last month, the only way that Mrs May can be removed as leader of her party for the next year is to resign.
Option B is that the British public is given another say on the matter of Brexit. A popular motion with many politicians outside of the Conservative party, this option would lead to the most controversy. In a recent national poll, the percentage of people who would now choose to stay in the EU is higher than those who would choose to continue leaving, even in the case of no deal being reached.
Having been fed fake promises about what Brexit would bring, many people feel that the first referendum was fuelled by fake news and lies and that what is needed now is a new referendum based on the cold hard facts. Unfortunately, government research suggests that it would take up to a year to plan and implement a new referendum. Plus the amount of arguing that would take place in the House of Commons over what the referendum question would be would add extra time to the preparation.
Either way, whatever happens on January 29th is of utmost importance to the future of the UK and its people. As always, keep an eye on the Preston Hub for more updates!