Brexit creates a split nation

In light of Brexit on Jan. 31, 2020, citizens remain divided on the issue


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These flags represented the union of Britain with the EU outside of British Parliament. However, after decades of political strife, these flags will serve as a reminder of a former union.

Dua Mobin and Saisha Dani

After three years of constant debate that has divided thousands of European citizens, Brexit, Britian leaving the EU, has been initiated. However, with former free flow of immigrants and trade, the outcomes of this action is still up in the air.

Despite many possible negative outcomes up for debate, there are many components of this action that could aid with pre-existing problems that the United Kingdom faced.

 “Europe, takes so much money in taxes take so much it’s a demand so much and regulations, they’ve lost their sovereignty. There’s an influx of workers who have distorted the value of labor, and the lower class worker is a subset,” AP Comparative Government teacher Ian Howell said. 

Citizens have also expressed their optimism towards the situation and believe the nation will be able to carry on with their heads held high. 

“I think Brexit is going to require the country to be much more independent but because of this, I think it might force us forward and force us to lead the way. I’m not too concerned yet as I have some faith in pm Johnson to get a good deal as he is quite a determined and decisive figure,” Nash said. 

Others believe Brexit is unnecessary and shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. 

“[Many of my friends] criticized [Brexit] for being a political move by Cameron to gain power, which failed miserably,” Nash said. 

Due to the complicated nature of the issues, many citizens of the UK hold conflicting thoughts on the issue as they aren’t sure on how to approach it. 

“Initially I was quite anti Brexit, I thought it was too much of a large risk to take as I was skeptical about getting a deal and I still am for that matter. However, a few months after the referendum when things became irreversible I swung towards being pro-Brexit as it was decided, I couldn’t do anything about it so I just wanted to get on with it and not wait around too much,” said junior Ben Nash, a transfer student from the UK,” Nash said. 

Although most of the focus around Brexit has been on the UK, Brexit can also have major implications on other European regions which are obscure.

“There is this push to make the business sector and be the hub of the year in the UK economy and certainly became the hub of the European economy. Well, now they’re having massive movement of these people’s go away from the UK back to Europe. And so the question becomes, what does that mean Frankfurt or Berlin, or Paris,” Howell said. 

Looking towards the future, the further actions that the EU wants to undertake is also in the pipeline.

“It all comes down to how much the EU wants to punish Britain. For bailing out and already we know it’s going to be a multi billion euro penalty free to get out. And the question then is, do they want to be petty and punish the UK, or do they want to say, okay, you make your choice,” Howell said. 

“For the past three years, the issue of Brexit has been looming over the UK, causing a divided nation. After years of the constant havoc and the replacement of three prime ministers, Brexit finally occurred, leaving the UK on their own,” Nash said. 

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