The epic saga on the UK’s Brexit from the EU has been going on for another year. The series of votes surrounding the UK’s Brexit from the EU are not stopping in the British Parliament. The once powerful British Empire today is surrounded by uncertainty about its future on its own fault.
The UK’s possibility to brake away from its main trading partner without any arrangements has grown twice after Tuesday’s parliament in London rejected another deal of Prime Minister Teresa May. Yesterday, in an exceptionally dramatic night, British MPs voted against Brexit without a deal with the EU, but that does not depend only on them.
From the very start of the negotiation for a deal on Brexit, Britain is trying to set the conditions and make the most of it. However, this can not happen because the United Kingdom is not in a position to set conditions, and they know it very well. The EU can not afford to allow great concessions on the negotiations, given that the respondent is the initiator of the separation. Such compromises would lead to serious injustice and violation of the principles of United Europe.
Britain seeks to maintain all the privileges of an existing EU member but does not want to be in the EU and to have the obligations of a member state. This, in turn, would lead to an unfair precedent in the EU history that has an avalanche effect across Europe and, above all, on the forthcoming European elections. After countless talks and concessions, the behavior of British politicians is increasingly bordering on ingenuity, and the whole situation is beginning to look like a desperate bargain.
In the whole stalemate of the chaos that the British have caused themselves, the ideas for the so-called “Backstop” have begun to be considered in order to stop the Brexit process and leave the UK to the EU. So far, these are just ideas, and the only real hope that remains is the request for postponing Brexit and the attempt of British Prime Minister Teresa May to persuade the parliament to re-vote the deal.
British MPs will be asked if they want a postponement until June 30, provided they approve the deal by Prime Minister Teresa May until March 20, before the Euroleague summit in Brussels. Otherwise, the postponement may be longer and coincide with the European elections in May. Such a scenario would also lead to chaos in the European elections themselves.
There are seven main options for Teresa Mae to get out of the deadlock: exit without a bargain, vote on her deal, renegotiation, referendum, elections, no confidence vote, or canceling Brexit. European leaders have repeatedly stated that Brexit is not an irreversible process, but that does not mean that the EU’s attitude towards the UK should remain unchanged in a similar turn. On the contrary, the EU needs to understand that it is in the strong position of a negotiator, and to “stomp on the table”.
European leaders must set the conditions for a possible Backstop, because things can not be the same as before. Over the decades in which Britain was a full member of the EU, its extreme conservative populism was more than detrimental to the development of United Europe. Britain has repeatedly been the brunt of the development of the European project. This fact is still visible today. The island has always been opposed to the creation of a European army, against the subsequent EU integration and federalization, against the introduction of unified rules, laws and regulations in the EU, against the massive introduction of the euro as a single currency and against Schengen and its development. After all this comes the question – what was Britain doing in the EU at all? Why has the United Kingdom taken part in this common European project at all, given that it is unwilling to follow its fundamental principles and goals for the future?
One thing is clear – after the recent events there is no turning back. The EU’s hand of compromise has been given many times but without result. There is no new compromise, and bargaining is over. The UK itself has created and involved this mess, and Europe must not suffer more than Brexit. After the 2016 referendum, it became clear that the British had made a mistake. Today, three years later, this mistake is more than obvious, and as the events unfold in the coming days and months, the UK will certainly not get its happy ending.