Brexit

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Brexit, Theresa May, Brexit, Parliment and more Brexit.

That's all we've been seeing or hearing about on the News, the TV, newspapers and practically everywhere!

But what really is the meaning of Brexit?

Brexit is "the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union". The word Brexit came to mind when merging the words "Britain" and "exit" to get Brexit.

To be perfectly honest, Brexit is really like a divorce. I think this because the 2 sides came together previously and stayed with each other for a reasonable amount of time (like before Brexit happened). They shared many things (like the EU and UK trading and exchanging). They became familiar with each other's customs, culture, food and rules. But finally, in the end, they had to leave each other and separate... Can you see the resemblance?

A referendum (a vote) took place on Thursday 23 June, 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. According to BBC News, 51.9% of voters picked "Leave" and the other 48.1% voted for "Remain".

I worked out that exactly 335,519,83 people voted in total in the UK! (by adding the amount of people who voted leave and the amount of whom voted to remain - yes, I know this is not a Maths lesson!) That's more than 30 million (I think!)

When is the UK due to leave?

Theresa May triggered the Brexit negotiation on 29 March 2017, meaning the UK is scheduled to leave at around 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019.

Some people call it self-destruction. Why? Because so many companies are having to leave as of the financial burdens and expences they know they will face. With it, the uncertainty causing financial panic. Can you imagine life without all these exciting cultures and flavours ready for exploration? I don't understand - Why would you rather have dark, gloomy greyness, when you could have a bright and colourful rainbow. All these years being part of something big and homely - then, all of a sudden, you become lonely... We're tied together with a strong bond; financially and culturally.

But on the other hand, the people who voted to leave were thinking: "More British jobs, for British people", "We can finally have sovereignty again!" or "We can rule our very own country without relying on the EU to lend us their rules".

So is Brexit definitely happening? Could Brexit be cancelled? Could Brexit be delayed?

Apparently, the UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March whether there is a deal with the EU or not (says BBC News). However, stopping Brexit would mean a change in the law in the UK, something neither the government nor the main UK opposition parties aren't particuarly fond of at this point. There is a possibility that Brexit could actually be delayed. The EU might agree to extend Article 50 if its leaders thought it would help smooth the process or if there was a chance the UK could end up staying in, possibly through another referendum, but it would only be by a few months if anything.

There is also something called the "Transition Period".

It refers to a period of time after 29 March, 2019, to 31 December, 2020 (or possibly later), to get everything prepared and ready and allow businesses and others to prepare for the moment when the new post-Brexit rules between the UK and the EU begin, as this will - I think - most probably change their career and life. This transition period, however, is at the momentonly due to happen if the UK and the EU agree a Brexit deal.

Many MPs are against the idea of Brexit as they fear it could leave Britain tied to the EU so strong that Britain simply wouldn't survive independently without these advantages and support that they had in the community they are now leaving.

What will strike me most is if the racist remarks and behaviour increases after Brexit finalises. Some may deny this, but in most suburbs of counties or cities, this effects the people that came many years ago and call this place home, whose second generation (like myself) shall be brought up here. For many, this is their home - they don't see themselves as foreigners.

I suppose we will have to wait and see...

Comments (15)

  • balloon.png Rose @ the BNC 25 Feb 2019

    This is a great post content_lemon. I wondered whether you had looked into how people in your area voted in the referendum and also whether you know who your local MP is and how they voted? And do you agree with what they think?

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg poetic_camel
    Millbank Academy 25 Feb 2019

    Who do you think started Brexit ? It might be that the agreement that was in 2008 was supposed to be good,but now I think the people have known how bad Brexit is.So,Theresa May should suppose an agreement as soon as possible.51%of England voted to leave and 48% decided to stay.Though it was tight a major agreement is happening between Europe and England itself.Do you think it is fair to leave or is it not ?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019 in reply to Rose @ the BNC's comment

    Thank you for the star!
    I live in the London Borough of Southwark, and in London, the majority of people voted to Remain – 59.9%, to be precise. In the West Midlands, (This has nothing to do with my area, but I found it interesting) 59.3% voted to Leave. However, the results in Scotland were quite the opposite, 62% voting for Remain!
    Our local MP is Neil Coyle, a British Labour Party politician. The Labour Party (along with him) campaigned against Brexit in the referendum – voting to Remain.
    For the future, I think we will have more benefits being in and alongside the EU. More opportunities, culturally, socially and financially, and simply better lives joined together with other nations.
    Why destroy the strong bond we had for many years, when instead you have the ability to nurture it?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 25 Feb 2019 in reply to Rose @ the BNC's comment

    What do you think? Do you agree with me? I'd like to hear your thoughts!

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 26 Feb 2019 in reply to content_lemon's comment

    Well done for researching how different areas voted. What problems might arise from these differences in voting?

    Consider:
    How might Scotland feel about their whole country voting differently to the majority?
    How might an MP who campaigned to remain feel about the Brexit process?
    How might an area who voted to leave feel about how close the vote was?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer
    The Ruth Gorse Academy 27 Feb 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    Scotland might either feel two things: insecurity or individuality. They may fell insecure because sixteen-year olds are not old enough for home ownership, so people may think that they are irresponsible; however, some sixteen-year olds have jobs, so maybe being irresponsible isn't entirely true.

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    The Ruth Gorse Academy 28 Feb 2019 in reply to content_lemon's comment

    Hi content_lemon, I really like your post! I agree with your points that you put forward and that the UK would be much better and stronger together with the EU, despite some differences we might have. Also I picked up your points, that you noticed more racist behaviour and remarks which I think is one of the saddest things about Brexit. I guess Brexit has enabled people to be more embolden to express their feelings. However, we can take heart that most people are generally nice, open-minded people.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg noble_moth
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 04 Mar 2019

    I want to inghom you about the border bitwen the Republik of iriled and the nothe of iriled and that there mite be a hard border. I am woryed for people in iriled {a hard border you haft to shoe your pasport}

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  • Churchill-Gardens-logo-250x250.jpg faithful_meerkat
    Churchill Gardens Primary Academy 07 Mar 2019

    i have a qestion . Why do we actualy want to leave the EU when we sighned up in the first place ?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 08 Mar 2019 in reply to faithful_meerkat's comment

    Hey faithful_meerkat!
    I guess it's because of the change of ruling, because I must say it has been quite a long time since we entered the European Union. I'm sure you'll agree, thoughts can change over time. This most probably affected the Brexit discussion. Do you agree with me?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_cat
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 12 Mar 2019

    People in my class are worried about what is going to happen after it has happened. A person is worried because because she is from a different country

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 12 Mar 2019 in reply to plucky_cat's comment

    For EU citizens currently living in the UK, they will be able to apply to the EU settlement scheme so they can stay in the country. Politicians have said this is high on their list of priorities and they want people to stay!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_panda_bear
    St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 15 Mar 2019

    For EU citizens currently living in the UK, they will be able to apply to the EU settlement scheme so they can stay in the country. Politicians have said this is high on their list of priorities and they want people to stay!I guess it's because of the change of ruling, because I must say it has been quite a long time since we entered the European Union. I'm sure you'll agree, thoughts can change over time. This most probably affected the Brexit discussion. Do you agree with me?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 15 Mar 2019

    I really loved your post with all the information and incredible maths! What do you predict will happen next for the EU, decisions, deals, trading, and the plans of "Britain's exit" of the EU ?

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