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The Brexit Conundrum

The implacable and unbridgeable divisions created by Brexit in the UK means the whole Brexit mess will only be solved by a second People’s Vote: A Second Referendum--Disckson C. Igwe. Photo: VINO/File
By Dickson C. Igwe

A Second Referendum is the only real option to exit the Brexit mess.

The implacable and unbridgeable divisions created by Brexit in the UK means the whole Brexit mess will only be solved by a second People’s Vote: A Second Referendum.

But even if the British voted to stay in, or leave, a second time, these divisions driven by Brexit will remain for a generation, at least.

The UK is hopelessly divided on the Brexit matter.

Theresa May's Deal 

OK. The European Union (EU)—as of March 21, 2019—has given the UK until May 22, 2019, to vote on Theresa May’s Withdrawal Deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal is hated by most Parliamentarians. But it appears to be the only way to exit the EU presently, apart from a Hard Brexit—just cutting the link and leaving without a deal on May 29, 2019.

A Hard Brexit remains unlikely. The opposition to Theresa May’s deal is driven by something called ‘’Backstop.’’

Backstop is an insurance policy. It states that if the UK wants no border controls with Ireland – a member of the EU—then the UK must remain in the EU Custom’s Union until July 1, 2020.

That means the UK will be part of the EU but without the ‘’clout.’’

However, after 2020 the ‘Backstop’ can only be terminated by mutual consent between the EU and UK. This is the bane of the Brexiteer.

Hard Border 

As long as the ‘Backstop’ exists the UK will be in the Custom’s Union. Once the Backstop is removed a Hard Border sets in.

There is no alternative to a Hard Border apart from the Backstop arrangement. The Backstop is viewed as unacceptable leverage over the UK by the EU.

The ‘Backstop’ is a poke in the eye of British Sovereignty according to Brexiters: UK citizens who want to leave the EU on May 29. 2019.

While the ‘Backstop’ exists, the UK will remain an integral part of the EU economy. It stops the UK trading with other countries outside EU rules.

Backstop prevents a hard border between the UK and Ireland. A hard border is something the UK does not want, as it will inflame Irish Republican tensions leading to violence. Paradoxically, staying in the EU would be the best way to protect the territorial integrity of the UK.

The EU has had to take final decisions on Brexit out of the hands of Prime Minister Theresa May and her Cabinet. The reason is that the EU recognizes that presently the UK Cabinet is no longer in charge of the Brexit process. Brexit is being decided by factions in the UK Parliament: Westminster.

Overseas Territories 

The strongest faction, whether Leave or Remain—and how that faction makes links and connections with other factions will determine the outcome of Brexit.

The next few weeks starting today will decide whether the UK leaves the European Union or remains. This is of critical importance to the Caribbean Overseas territories.

Why: Because with the present constitutional predicament in the UK, and the fact that every matter of politics is unpredictable and volatile, it is impossible for the Oversea Territories to take anything coming out of Westminster seriously, until the Brexit matter is settled, one way or the other.

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