In June 2016, 52% of the British citizens voted to end the country’s membership of the EU, against 48% of those who voted for Great Britain to stay in the European Union.
And yet, six-and-a-half years later, the United Kingdom is still engaged in a long and convoluted series of negotiations trying to effect its divorce from the bloc.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s plan to discard thousands of EU laws by the end of 2023 might lead to a full-scale trade war between London and Brussels, the British media has reported citing senior European Union officials.
Meanwhile, EU leaders are reportedly preparing their own unilateral re-balancing measures in secret meetings in Brussels. Sources suggest that these measures could include the option of imposing tariffs on British goods entering the EU single market.
All this may lead to a trade war with the bloc and more serious damage to the British failing economy. The planned post-Brexit revision of the UK’s law-books may erase more than 2,400 laws without much scrutiny, according to British press.
The tensions between Britain and the EU grew in June 2022, after the Johnson government introduced a Bill unilaterally revising the provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The cabinet argued that the deal was not working, as it was causing delays and interruptions to the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the nation.
The Bill stipulates the establishment of a green channel for goods transported from the UK, as well as the change in tax rules, stripping the European Court of its role as the sole arbiter of disputes.
This move provoked the anger of the EU and prompted Brussels to take legal action against London. The situation regarding Northern Ireland has recently worsened after the Sinn Fein party.
Sinn Fein advocates reunification with Ireland, won the majority of seats in the Northern Irish assembly for the first time in its history.
In June 2016, 52% of UK citizens voted in favor of terminating the country’s membership of the EU, against 48% who voted to stay in the union.
On 31 January 2020, the country left the bloc after 47 years of membership. A transition period continued until 31 December 2020, during which Britain was no longer a member of the EU but still remained in the EU single market and customs union.
London and Brussels managed to negotiate obviously shortcoming agreement on trade and cooperation during that period.
Sputnik / ABC Flash-Point News 2023.