United Kingdom to Make Major Adjustments after “Brexit”

Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer

On Jan. 31, the United Kingdom officially decided to separate from the European Union. 

At this time, the UK, which is made up of  England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, hasn’t officially left the EU. They have entered an 11-month transition period during which the UK will continue to follow EU rules and laws. 

The UK will have to negotiate new trade deals, create its own treaties and agreements with other countries, establish food and pharmaceutical standards, address taxation and tariffs, create political boundaries. They will also have to rebuild their government system to make up for previous EU regulations.

Negotiating a trade deal is a process that could take years to complete and leave many politicians and news outlets describing the transition period as a “cliff edge.”

This decision to leave was based on a 2016 referendum in which former Prime Minister, Theresea May, called a public vote for whether or not to leave the EU, a decision that has been highly controversial. 

The results of the vote were in favor of Brexit (British Exit) by a slight margin of 51.9% versus 48.1%.   

Borris Johnson has since taken over as Prime Minister, leading the Conservative party. Johnson was left with the important decision of what type of deal to use when leaving the EU.

Some argue that a vast majority of votes in favor of leaving the EU can be credited to him.

Leading up to the referendum back in 2016, Johnson funded campaign buses to drive around with what is now known as a lie plastered along the side. 

The bus read “We send the EU £350 million a week let’s fund our NHS instead.” 

The bus used a false figure that Johnson claimed the UK spent on the EU and encouraged voters to leave to fund the UK’s National Health Service.

The next 11 months will either be a chance for the UK to prove they made the right choice for independence or fall off the edge of the cliff.