Britain’s exit from the European Union has been the latest hot issue in the UK’s political scenario with new challenges coming up. In her attempt to make Brexit a smooth process, British Prime Minister Ms. Theresa May has told that the MP’s have one last chance to deliver Brexit by backing up her “New Deal”.
What is Brexit?
The European countries have a trade union called the European Union. This Union helped the European countries like England, France, Italy, etc. help each other and prosper together after the second world war.
This Union promised to give a common ground to its members when it comes to international trade rules and regulations, migration rules, etc. It also was instrumental in aiding the economically poorer members by the “richer” members.
But cooperation is often with many challenges. As things turned out, richer countries like Britain ended up shelling huge resources to help other countries, which resulted in undesirable consequences in the mother countries. This is exactly the root of the entire issue.
The Britons, in 2016, voted to exit the European Union and the Prime Minister was instrumental in this process. Now that the country has decided to exit the union, there are many issues that need to be sorted out – like the extent to which the country will stay in touch with the union, given its proximity to the members and so on. The New Deal was announced as one of the solutions to this dilemma.
What is the New Deal?
Here are a few points that the Prime Minister has included in the New Deal.
#1 The Commons are guaranteed a vote to decide whether to conduct another referendum on the Brexit deal, with a promise to honour the outcome.
#2 A “Custom’s Compromise”, as the Prime Minister calls it – a vote on various customs options, including the proposal for a temporary customs union for goods.
#3 A legal obligation for the UK to come up with alternative agreements to replace the Northern Ireland Backdrop by 2020.
#4 If the backdrop comes into force, Northern Ireland would be aligned with the rest of the United Kingdom and remain in the same customs territory.
#5 Ensure the workers’ rights after Brexit and no change in the environmental standards, at least no dilution in this matter.
#6 Seeking changes to the political declaration on future relations with the European Union.
What is the reception?
When the Prime Minister announced this deal, most people in the gathering were not very convinced with this. They accused this deal to be the same as the previous one with minor changes. The opposition declared that the people’s decision has to be delivered without any further delay or discrepancies.
Conducting another referendum would be an insult to the decision of the people. While the PM personally did not prefer conducting it, she felt a need for it, recognising the genuine and sincere feelings in the Parliament regarding the issue.
So, what happens next is the next big question. It is a matter of utmost curiosity about how Britain will come out of this deadlock.