What is “Brexit”? And why is everybody in England arguing about it?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    Brexit = BRitish EXIT, as it Britain Exiting the European Union (EU).

    Everybody (or a majority of people) are arguing about it because we had a democratic referendum election to leave the EU in the summer of 2016, and we still haven't left yet because the losing "Remoan" lying losers with vested interests from the "Remain" side of the referendum campaign have been throwing spanners in the works trying to stop us leaving in a timely manner.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Yank or not, if you don't know what brexit is then quite frankly you're an idiot.

  • 2 weeks ago

    It is not just England but the whole UK

  • 2 weeks ago

    its a type of English breakfast. Sausage, eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    It stands for "British Exit" from the European Union.  And it's not just England, it's about the whole United Kingdom.  Please get the name of the country right.

    The thing is that the EU is not just a free trade agreement.  It is that, but it is more - the four freedoms include "freedom of movement", which means anyone from any other EU country can just move to any other and live, work or study there without getting a visa first.  The Commission and Parliament can make laws that affect all the member countries, mainly so product standards are the same so we don't need Customs checks within the EU.  It also means we can't make our own trade deals - the bureaucracy in Brussels makes them for everyone.  Would your country accept giving some of its governmental power away?  I bet not!  But we did.  It just took us 30 years to realise what Ted Heath's government had actually done back in 1972.

    The master plan is that it will eventually become a US of Europe.  Most of it already has one currency, the euro, and has joined the Schengen agreement, which abolishes border controls.  You can drive round most of continental Europe and not notice you've crossed a border until the road signs start being in a different language - I know, I've done it!  The UK very sensibly refused to join in either of those ideas.

    People have been getting increasingly worried about the way it's going, especially as it means uncontrolled immigration and we don't have total control over our own laws.  Finally, under pressure from Nigel Farage and his UK Independence Party, the government held a referendum on it in 2016 and the result was that we voted to leave.

    This has caused political chaos.  The Prime Minister, David Cameron, didn't like the result and resigned, leaving the Conservative Party to choose a new leader.  We got Theresa May, who waited until 29 March 2017 to give notice of leaving, and under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, that gives us 2 years to negotiate the terms of leaving.  So Brexit should have happened in March 2019.

    Unfortunately, most of Parliament is against leaving so they've voted against every deal that's come before them and the EU has allowed several extensions of time.  Not only does this mean they are going against the will of the people, we're still here over 3 years later with Brexit still not done.  It doesn't help that Mrs May went for a general election in 2017 in the hope of getting more Conservative MPs, but she's not a good election campaigner so the number of Conservative MPs went DOWN and that made it even harder for her to get anything done.

    The Conservatives finally voted her out and chose Boris Johnson, and with a hung Parliament, the latest thing he's done is to get the House of Commons to vote for yet another general election in the hope of getting more Conservatives elected.  With a good majority of the MPs, he should be finally able to get Brexit DONE!  And it has to be said, after 3 years of this, the average Brit is getting fed up with it.

    So we are currently having the third general election campaign in just over 4 years, the election will be on 12 December (I've just received my poll card to officially tell me), so keep an eye on the news on 13 December.

    We vote entirely by pencil and paper so the votes need to be counted by hand (we don't trust voting machines), but it's mostly done overnight and we normally have a result by breakfast time next day, with the new Prime Minister being formally appointed by the Queen around lunchtime.  Given the time difference, Americans should be able to know the result some time in the afternoon.  The magic number is 326 - there are 650 MPs, so if a party gets 326 or more, it should be able to outvote the rest if they all stick together.

    This is not a travel question and doesn't belong here.

  • John
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Nationalism. Just like nationalism in the US, they want to bury their heads in the sand and wave flags.

  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    It was a referendum to decide if the UK should remain in the EU or leave. The people voted and LEAVE won by over a million votes.

    Ever since, the MPs have been trying to keep us in, against the wishes of the people (fewer than 36% of the electorate voted to remain).

  • Lee
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago

    It’s a club for xenophobes, racists, and basically people over 60 or the educationally underachieving, who want a return to the ‘good old days’ of the 1950’s where they think foreign workers couldn’t come to the U.K. and hitting your children with a belt is ok...

    • Lee
      Lv 4
      1 week agoReport

      Three out of four ain’t bad. Least I’m not Welsh..

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    It is the name for Britain leaving the European Union after a referendum in 2016. It is taking a long time for the UK government to strike a deal with the remaining EU countries over the future of trade and border control, etc. And some people think there should be a second referendum over it. 

    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      1 week agoReport

      Everyone who voted in the Referendum did so in the knowledge that this was to be the final word, the result would be respected,  and there would be no further debate. Now the Remainers are claiming we DO need another Referendum. How they imagine that this respects the original result is beyond me.

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