New Year…Same Brexit Deadlock

Let’s give embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May the benefit of the doubt by believing she really is trying her best to secure a decent exit from the EU.

But that doesn’t mean we should believe Brexit will ever transpire. While the mainstream drums up fears of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the powers behind the scenes continue to set the stage for a second referendum. One that will almost certainly see globalist forces triumph by keeping the UK under the umbrella of Brussels.

Facing an uphill battle, May sent out a New Year’s video message to her fellow MPs, in yet another attempt to gain their support in her proposed EU divorce deal.

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May asks for support one more time

As reported by DPA, May insisted that passing her Brexit deal design would help the UK come away relatively unscathed from the heated political whirlwind they’ve been in since the Brexit referendum. May said the deal would lead the UK to ‘turn a corner’ and start a fresh new leaf of policy.

The Brexit deal I have negotiated delivers on the vote of the British people, and in the next few weeks MPs will have an important decision to make,’ she said.

Her plea ended by alluding to the recent transition to 2019, claiming it as ‘the year we put our differences aside and move forward together.

The Brexit is scheduled for 29 March. May’s deal will go under MP scrutiny in a parliamentary vote in the House of Commons during the week beginning 14 January. If it passes, all is set for the go-ahead. If it doesn’t, May has 21 days to return to parliament with another Brexit plan.

But many fear there will never be solid support behind any of May’s plans, considering her own Conservative Party have been hesitant to back her in recent months. If such an event does occur, there’s concerns that Britain will just crash and fail come 29 March.

And this fear has led to panicked actions by many citizens.

Citizens seek Irish connections before Brexit

May’s New Year video message was released just hours after Ireland’s foreign minister announced the amount of Irish passport applications that Dublin had received from British citizens in 2018, according to DPA.

There were a total of 183,000 applications, with 85,000 of these coming from Northern Ireland residents, who have a right to both passports.

Such an occurrence relates to part of the Brexit deal which involves the negotiated backstop between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland will follow the exiting from the EU as part of the UK, while the Republic of Ireland remains a member.

This means, once Brexit has occurred, the two parts of Ireland will no longer be under the same market and customs union banner. As such, hard checks would need to occur under law at the border between Northern and the Republic of Ireland.

Neither the EU nor Britain wants this to happen. But, rather than make special considerations for Northern Ireland alone, May wants to keep market and custom negotiations between the UK and the EU unchanged until 2020.

But this sort of defeats the purpose of the Brexit, which is why May’s plan isn’t gaining the support she is after.

Thus as an added safety measure, it seems, British citizens are attempting to gain smooth access into Ireland through Irish-based passports. That way, no matter which way the Brexit falls, they’ll always be safe to cross whatever border is put up.

There was an increase of 22% in applications compared to the previous year, according to the Irish government.

But it isn’t just citizens who are covering all bases in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Government prepares for Brexit collapse

May’s ‘leave it as it is for the time-being’ approach has led the British government to seek crash-preventative action.  DPA reports three contracts have been signed with shipping providers, resulting in AU$196 million worth of additional ferry crossing for freight shipments.

The three contracts were made with France’s Brittany Ferries, Denmark’s DFDS and Britain’s Seaborne Freight. All in an effort to keep trade waters open.

However, BBC have voiced their scepticism about the contracts, noting that Seaborne Freight have never run a ferry service.

As such, in a recent interview with German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker demanded Britain ‘get [their] act together’ and clarify their future actions following Brexit.

My appeal is this: Get your act together and then tell us what it is you want. Our proposed solutions have been on the table for months,’ Juncker said.

As has the Brexit deal debate. The fact is, time is running out, and we’ve been discussing the same story for quite a while.

So, with this new year, may we hope to see some new development in the Brexit negotiations.

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