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Just when you thought 2016 was bad, 2017 could get a lot, lot worse.
In the United Kingdom, everybody from the politics to the media, from business to the public, were surprised and shaken at last June’s European Union referendum result, which led to David Cameron giving way to Theresa May as Prime Minister.
There’s certainly been a battle royale between supporters of both for remain and leave over the last few months, splitting political, social, and family loyalties. Despite backing the losing remain cause, PM Theresa May, on behalf of the government, is trying to hold together her party together by setting up a so-called plan to leave the EU, which was praised by their supporters, but has been dismmised as a fantasy by most of the other 27 countries.
It’s not just the Conservatives who were divided. The so-called opposition Labour Party is heavily split, with accidental leader Jeremy Corbyn, despite winning two leadership contests, is under attack from within his own party. He was on record as being a Eurosceptic, but had reluctantly campaigned for remain in the referendum. They also failed to put forward a clear alternative to the government’s EU plan, with Corbyn and spokespersons constantly contradicting each other. Ever since the general election defeat in 2015, the party is more concerned with fighting each other rather than tackling the biggest issue facing the country.
While most of the Conservatives, and the United Kingdom Indepedence Party (UKIP) have been steadily pushing for “brexit”, it has been left to the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party (SNP), Plaid Cymru (PC) and the Green Party, as well as remain campaigning groups, to fight for the UK to stay in the EU. The stakes are certainly high when a narrow margin (52 per cent to 48 per cent) of electors eligible voted to leave in the first place.
At the height of the referendum, the general public have never been told about the way the EU actually operates. Over the years of our membership, our politicians and media had a grudging dislike of the organisation. Yes, it can be slow and bureaucratic, and in some examples, members cannot always agree on common policies. But for many of what is left of the UK’s industry is heavily dependent on support from the EU. That support would certainly dry up after “brexit”.
In 2017, the United Kingdom seems to be starting the sleepwalk to disaster… with our PM Theresa may at the helm….