Hello and hi. The BREXIT drama continues. Luckily, I am here to keep you informed with BREXIT. You can thank me later. Ok, let’s do this…
This past week, The Queen gave Royal Assent* to the Brexit bill. Essentially, this simple, yet, profound act by the Queen has cleared the way for our Prime Minister, Theresa May to commence talks to leave the European Union. That’s right folks, we still have not officially Brexited. Nope.
Further, The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed by MP’s and peers this past Monday. Yay. This allows the Prime Minister to notify Brussels formally, that the UK is leaving the EU-along with a 2 year process of exit negotiations to follow. Please read that again. That’s right, 2 more years before we actually leave. Can you say: ‘terribly long drawn out process?’
Anyway, Theresa May has said that she will trigger the process by the end of the month. We hope. I hope she does. But Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon has other plans (more on that later). Brexit Secretary David Davis added: “By the end of the month, we will invoke Article 50, allowing us to start our negotiations to build a positive new partnership with our friends and neighbours in the European Union, as well as taking a step out into the world as a truly Global Britain.” Sheesh, that was a terribly long sentence. Don’t you think? I do. So funny how politicians always use 45 words when they can just use or say 5.
To be honest, David Davis as Brexit Secretary has no idea what is going to happen once the UK leaves the EU (nor does anyone else) but, he has clearly tried to quell any fears that British people may have -once we actually leave. Davis seems to think that everything will be hunky dory once we leave the EU…I am not so sure.
* Royal assent is the method by which a country’s constitutional monarch formally approves an act of that nation’s parliament-thus making it law. In the vast majority of contemporary monarchies (and let’s face it-there are plenty) this act is considered to be little more than a formality. Sometimes a European monarchy will have the power to withhold royal assent-but this is extremely rare.