Will It Ever End?

Before I even mention the dreaded B-word, I think it is important that I make clear that no matter the number of crystal balls I look into or the number of oracles I ask; there is no chance that I can predict what will come next. So this should be interesting…

When David Cameron announced, on the 23rd of January 2013, that he was seeking to reform Britain’s place in Europe, I’m not sure anyone thought the intervening six years would erode us all so much. One has to simply look at the ex-PM Theresa May (pictured above with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker). On her entry into No.10 she was filled with passion and was determined to change the nation for the better; three years later when she stepped down she looked like the emotional equivalent of a plastic bag in the wind. She certainly seems to have been enjoying her time away from the spotlight being snapped by newspapers as she goes on her jollies on, what seems like, a weekly basis

Since the 24th July, when he stood on the steps of Downing Street, Boris Johnson (pictured right) has said that he thinks it is “time we looked not at the risks but at the opportunities” of what the future could hold. If the current impact he has had is to be anything to go by then we could be in for an interesting autumn ahead. Polls are showing a reported “Boris Bounce” (but not the extent as was hoped for) and the Malcom Tucker like influence of his defacto Chief of Staff is already grabbing people’s attention; and that’s without even mentioning Parliament! So let’s see what he can achieve and hope that those positives, that Brexiteers often talkabout, do materialise. There are plenty to choose from…apparently.

Before us a future of “sunlit uplands” is waiting, in which we can control our own money, borders, laws, waters, trade policy and the list goes on ad infinitum. Now these are prospects that very few would find easy to resist and certainly in 2016 they proved to be enough for a majority of those who voted in the referendum to lend their cross-in-the-box to the leave side.

For one brief moment let us believe that by some miracle this is all resolved by the time I graduate from Keele, in two or three years. What will the nation’s situation be? How close will our relationship with Europe be? Will there be an economic hit? Will we have even left? And will we have moved any more further forward or still be in some kind of infuriating limbo (please God let it be the former)?

There are a number of ways that this whole saga could end. Even when Parliament takes one of these options off the table by passing legislation, it seems that this list of mind-bending endings seems to get even longer. It seems that every time a door is closed in one way or another, 10 more open behind us. By the end of the year we could be in any number of situations, from: yet another extension to the Article 50 process; to a general election that could end up in an even more hung parliament than we have become accustomed to in recent years. Or nothing might have changed and we all could just get a bit too fed up and go home for a lie down with a glass of something tall and strong.

Brexit, for plenty of people, is like a 9am lecture on a Monday morning: you really wish it hadn’t begun and you’re just preying it will be over soon. But hey…some of us are morning people

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