Updated: Oct 31, 2019
June, 23rd 2016 : After a relentless campaign led by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union by a majority 52% of the votes. One year later, March 29th, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May enacted Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which consequently activated a “divorce” procedure between United Kingdom and Europe.
Weakened after the agreement she received from the European Union and additionally her proposal being rejected three times by parliament, Prime Minister May resigned on May 24th, 2019. She was immediately replaced by Boris Johnson who promised an exit from Europe on October 31st with or without agreement. However, the parliament rejected his project and forced an adjournment of three months if no agreement was found by October 31st.
For now, the United Kingdom stays in the EU. Brussels said: “Yes” on October 28th, to Boris Johnson’s reluctant adjournment request. In other words, UK’s exit of the European Union won’t happen this month, as intended. It is the third adjournment since March 29th.
This event is crucial all across Europe because it raises truly important issues for other countries. The management of the flow of migrants coming to Europe, the relations regarding their Irish neighbours and the possible border that would be erected again between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the possibility to build a European Union against populism and extremism, are essential questions that have to be answered before their exit of Europe.
October 2019, H. AGdC.