On 23 June 2016, 51.9 per cent of eligible voters held a referendum, following a supported motion on leaving the EU (The European Union). This withdrawal was scheduled to take place on the 29th of march 2019 under the leadership of the PM, Theresa May.
The discourse of whether Britain should exit from the EU didn’t begin today, with the emergence and influence of the once Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath, (who served from 1970 to 1974) UK joined Denmark and Ireland in becoming a member of the European community after a prior rejection, on January 1 1973. When after the opposition labour party won the February 1974 general election, it hinted a commitment to renegotiate British’s terms of membership, upholding them to be of a good cause.
The past Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron however pledged during the campaign for the 2015 UK General Election to hold a fresh referendum, a campaign promise which he went on to fulfil in 2016 following the pressure from the Eurosceptic wing of his party. Cameron, who had campaigned to remain, resigned after the result and was succeeded by Theresa May.
Theresa May on taking over Cameron’s role resumed with the prospects of leading the UK through this journey. But with the events surrounding it, it is safe to say that May has had a hard time trying to convince the parliament.
However, there has been a deadlock centring this motion as the MPs remain either sceptical as to what entails their withdrawal or the implications of not leaving.
The withdrawal deal, negotiated over two years between the UK and EU, sets out the terms of the UK’s departure from the European bloc, including the “divorce bill”, (a sum of money due to the European Union (EU) from the United Kingdom (UK) as regards to the Brexit)
Brexit is short for “British exit” – and it is the word generally used in talks about the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU).
The European body has however given the UK extra time as they requested, to deliberate on correcting a ‘disorderly exit’. With May’s deal having been rejected twice, it is yet again under another chance of being considered or not. can she be able convince these lawmakers?
With negotiations still on going in this very late hour, it is of certain that the Brexit is on the verge of being delayed, although this will not hinder future deliberations.
The MPs have held a series of votes in a bid in finding the best means, which is feasible and can be worked with. These votes known as “indicative votes” occurred on Wednesday 27 March.
If by the coming week (April 12th) the MPs fail to approve the withdrawal deal – “all options will remain open” until this date as stated by one of the MPs. The UK must propose a way forward before this date for consideration by EU leaders. Mrs May however said she would quit if her twice defeated deal passes at a third vote, which will undoubtedly happen soon.
But a Downing Street source has stated that an agreement with the EU to extend the Brexit deadline would be a piece of international law and would take precedence even if Parliament rejected it.
Could Theresa May’s small circle mean victory? What happens when a verdict of ‘No Withdrawal’ is passed? A reconstruction of another terms or an end? We are yet to find out.