December 4, 2022

Brexit-Weary Britain Faces New Crisis

The United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union has left many feeling uneasy about their country’s future. The decision was not only a referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU, but also on its identity as a sovereign nation. Now, just two years after this historic referendum, the UK finds itself facing yet another crisis that threatens its stability and sovereignty: Brexit negotiations.

What started as a seemingly simple plan to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU has turned into an endless battle of wills. Just three months after negotiations began, it seems that things are beginning to fall apart. Why is this happening now? And how will this affect the UK’s stability for years to come?

Important Dates in Brexit Negotiations

2017 No-deal Brexit proposed by European Council President Donald Tusk.

2017 The UK Government publishes a White Paper, titled Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. 2017 Negotiations begin between David Davis and Michel Barnier. December 8th, 2017 Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Donald Tusk meet to discuss progress.

2018: January 2018: Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier fail to agree on terms. February: Talks resume after a one-month hiatus. April 8th, 2018: Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels for a summit with the other 27 European Union leaders, where she unveils her Brexit proposal. May 28th , 2018: Deadline for UK to leave the EU is extended until October 31st after Theresa May requests an extension from European Council President Donald Tusk.

May 29th, 2018: British Parliament votes against leaving the EU with no deal in place on the table.

May 30th, 2018: European Council President Donald Tusk announces that UK has until October 31st to figure out who will be in charge of its Parliament and government.

October 16th, 2018: A new deadline is set; Theresa May asks for an extension until December 31st. October 19th, 2018: With no consensus on Brexit reached, the deadline is pushed back again; UK now has until April 12th, 2019 to figure out a plan and reach an agreement with the EU.

April 12th, 2019: No deal reached by now. The European Union votes on what course of action to take regarding Britain’s Brexit proposal. May 22nd , 2019: Deadline for holding European Parliament elections.

April 21st, 2019: Europe must receive a clear message from the UK as to what their position on Brexit is by this point – but if not, then Britain must have a plan in place to drop out of the EU with no deal.