Brexit? Not Quite …

July 12, 2018

Remember when the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) two years ago? Well the actual departure hasn’t happened yet. Why? It’s complicated. First, no country has ever left the EU before. Second, one of the reasons countries join the EU is so they have more power when negotiating trade deals with countries outside of the EU. And third, there’s the whole “let’s still be neighbors and friendly and enjoy some of the benefits of being a member of the EU without actually being a part of the EU” thing. And these are just some of the reasons why it’s taken so long for the UK to officially withdraw from the EU.

So what’s been going on since the historic vote? Prime Minister Theresa May has been working with government members to come up with a plan for a smooth exit from the EU.

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The problem though is that even members of her own government can’t agree on a proposed plan. Some believe that Prime Minister May is giving the EU too much, with one UK-foot still always in the EU door, while others think she’s doing what’s best for the country, which is to produce a plan that is more of a compromise between those who wanted to withdraw from the EU and those who didn’t. Well, it seems that some of her cabinet members disagree with her so much that they decided to resign. Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary and someone who campaigned heavily for Brexit, resigned earlier this week, as did David Davis, another key person in the Brexit negotiations. So what now? Queen Elizabeth has already approved Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to become Foreign Secretary and is helping push Prime Minister May’s plan forward.

No one said goodbyes were easy …