Clamour for undoing Brexit

Arun Srivastava

Some senior lawmakers from Tory as well as Labour parties are seriously contemplating to initiate a move to undo the Brexit. Their move is based on the peoples’ perception that Brexit has failed to do good to Britain instead it has simply complicated the economic and employment scenario prevailing in the UK.
Incidentally, a recent meet of the Theresa May’s cabinet could not reach an agreement on what a transitional implementation period for Brexit should look like. The minister could not reach a consensus. After this development some senior Conservative MPs are urging members of Theresa May’s cabinet to stop publicly setting out their demands for a transitional deal on Brexit, saying the move could make negotiations with the European Union more difficult. May is also under pressure not to move immediately to reduce immigration.
Anna Soubry, an advocate of soft Brexit, said: “It’s clear that at last the economy and jobs are at the heart of a sensible and smooth Brexit.” She urged colleagues to put their ideology to one side and get behind the chancellor and prime minister. “These Brexiteers promised a land of milk and honey – the reality is gruel and chlorinated chicken,” she said.
However, it is the observation of the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat — “I'm starting to believe Brexit will not happen” — that has simply added gist to the speculation. Joseph who has inside view of Brexit talks as his country holds EU presidency says that ‘tide is turning’. He also said: “Brexit may not happen and a political leader in Britain should show courage and fight for a referendum on the terms of the country’s exit deal with the EU.”
Joseph Muscat has spoken of his growing belief that the UK will remain an EU member. His assumption is based on the deliberations and discussions between the UK and EU representatives. His optimism reflects to be of high order when he says: “The will of the people can have disastrous consequences, history teaches us. For the first time, I’m starting to believe that Brexit will not happen. I am seeing hopeful signs that indicate things will change. I see encouraging signs that the tide is turning. I’m not saying the Brits have made a mistake, but the mood is changing.”
The Maltese prime minister, the current chair of the EU, did not believe that London is not prepared for talks. He holds; “People who say the Brits don’t know what they are doing are wrong. I have lived in Britain, I know the British mentality. A non-prepared British government official simply doesn’t exist.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure from prominent Labour leaders to opt for a softer Brexit plan. The rank and file have also threatened to trigger a rebellion on the issue at its autumn conference, if the leadership ignores their view. Senior leaders Neil Kinnock, former shadow justice secretary Charlie Falconer, and former chairman of the parliamentary Labour party Dave Watts, are in favour of retaining Britain’s single market membership at least until a permanent deal could be hammered out.
While the plan for a three-year transition deal set out by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, has gained support among the cabinet and Labour, major challenges remain in securing such an agreement. A sizeable group of Labour MPs would like Labour to back keeping the UK in the European Economic Area (EEA) after Brexit, the so-called “Norway option”. According to these leaders this would be the only way to mitigate the instability.
Sadiq Khan, the London mayor and a prominent Labour face, said that Brexit could be avoided should Labour use its next general election manifesto to back staying in the EU or endorse a second referendum on withdrawal. Undoubtedly, there’s nothing more important than maintaining jobs and the economy, and the people would certainly like to see the Labour leadership taking a stronger line when so much is at stake.
Also baffling was the EU’s apparent U-turn on its offer in May to allow Britons in Europe the freedom to move around Europe enabling them to work, see clients or travel freely. There is no denying the fact that Britons in Europe 'face huge loss' if EU and UK cannot agree on rights They are also still in disagreement on “posted workers”, those workers who are moved by the employer or voluntarily to another EU country on a temporary basis. British citizens living in the European Union say they will suffer “a huge loss” if negotiators from the UK and Brussels do not settle their differences over the rights of citizens to live and work across the continent after Brexit.
Jane Golding, the chair of British in Europe, a coalition of 11 grassroots organisations across the continent campaigning for their rights post-Brexit, said it would be “a huge loss” if British citizens could not have the right to live, work and study in more than one EU country after Brexit. The Swedish minister for EU affairs has said it would be “unfair” for Britons to have more rights in Europe than EU citizens in the UK, as currently proposed by Theresa May.
Brexit officially takes place in March 2019. A three-year transitional period would have to be agreed by the rest of the EU, and only after that would the UK have a completely new immigration system, its own trade deal with the EU, and be able to strike trade deals with other countries. Some Brexit supporters feel unhappy with the prospect of the UK being unable to strike trade deals with third parties for three years after leaving the EU. (IPA)

Sunday, 13 August, 2017