Brexit for Dummies!- Lets assume it all started with a wedding…

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To create lasting peace after World war 2, Europe decided to form an alliance by wedding 28 countries in the region to form one family  

It’s was a proper wedding with rings exchanged – (documents actually)

The entire family calls themselves the European Union. They are a very large family that loves and protect each other (NATO) – European Union combined armed forces.

As a large family with millions of kids, The European union keeps business within themselves so everyone can grow and thrive (THE SINGLE MARKET)

All 28 member states – TRADE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES. That means I can sell my apples and cabbages anywhere in the Euro zone without custom checks, or paper work. Because of the free trade policy, all the wives (countries) of European Union are thriving economically, any non-family member like America or India would pay a lot more to buy the same products (Tariffs)

The EU are a family that Mingles – The kids(citizens) are free to visit and live in any home within the EU

EU countries enjoy 4 freedoms- movement of money, services, goods and people. Is Your country too hot? well, just move to another within the EU. Too cold? well, move again. If you like the view of the mountains in Austria just move there – all you need is your EU passport

But The UK has complained bitterly that European Migrants are all moving to the UK as it offers attractive job opportunities for young people- this is weighing down public services like hospitals and schools.

Every family has responsibilities, laws and guidelines… and of course the black sheep

In this family membership dues apply UK pays millions to the EU yearly about 9 billion pounds,… some think its a reap off and want to pay less.

There are general rules for everything including agriculture- ( UK farmers complain a lot about this)

Member states have to use the EU passport and Euro as currency (The UK rejected this and kept using their pounds).

In legal matters, the laws of European courts supercede that of member country. Member countries are not allowed to have boarders (UK opted out of this)

The British were fed up with laws, the rules and heavy immigration from other EU countries, The UK is losing its identity. EU as a husband is demanding and controlling – I WANT A DIVORCE

In June 23 2016- UK voted to leave the European Union – (BREXIT)

After the referendum, UK triggered Article 50 to start divorce proceedings, but the terms of divorce has led to absolute Chaos

UK and its citizens cannot agree on the terms of the split

Issue 1 – Soft Brexit/ friendly divorce was rejected

it means EU/ UK are divorced on paper, do not follow all EU laws – but still trades in the single market. In exchange for this, the UK must STILL respect free movement (of goods, people, money and open boarders)-.

Many hardliners think a soft brexit (divorce) is a betrayal of the peoples vote- BREXIT means BREXIT – soft Brexit not an option

Issue 2 : Hard Brexit-/ Cut all strings after divorce- also rejected

This means UK is leaving EU cold turkey- No access to the single market, no contributions, no immigration into the UK ( families can no longer visit), no more EU laws in the UK . United Kingdom will now pay import taxes for  goods brought into the EU.

Many rejected this deal because its bad for the UK economy


Issue 3 No deal – Accepted by some rejected by parliament

Some are suggesting lets leave without a deal- If the EU will not give us what we want.

That means EU laws cease to exits, chaos might ensue with traffic at the boarder stops. It could spark food shortages and leave hospitals without medical supplies – UK parliament has said they would definitely reject a no deal brexit .

Theresa May deal- she tries to find a balance between a hard and soft brexit to please all sides -Also rejected

They stay in the single market, but can still negotiate trade deal with other countries, they will accept freemovement of people- The EU has said to Theresa may that UK cannot eat their cake and have it

Custody battle over one adopted child EU shares with the UK –

The country of Ireland is divided, Northern Ireland is part of The UK, southern Ireland is part of the EU. UK cannot put a wall to claim Northern Ireland because that could start a war between the North & south of the Ireland( long history)

If EU must continue with the a hard brexit, the must abandon one territory and hand it over to the EU- that would never happen

No Divorce, No Brexit – Lets change our minds:

Well thats what many are considering right now in the midst of the chaos, but the 52% that voted to leave the EU will never let that happen

And what is the EU’s position in all of this- well very simple make things so difficult for the UK so its serves as a deterrent to the other member countries

Am sure by now you thinking its a complete mess- I could not agree more!

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