Why is it taking so long to leave the EU?


It's been more than two years since the UK voted to leave the EU and the negotiations and reports seem never-ending.

There are a lot of problems to solve

One problem is, how we don't end up worse economically. Also, the EU has "single market goods" which aren't taxed at the border. When the UK leaves the EU, the UK might have to pay more to buy and sell goods to other countries in the EU. Therefore, this could stop or disrupt production for UK goods. But if this is the case, why does everyone say that prices will go up if we need the money for SELLING goods as well as buying them? The EU has said that the UK can only have some benefits without membership. However, this means that the UK can freely make more trade deals with the rest of the world. Any special deals that the whole of the UK wants has to be approved by MPs first. And then the deal has to be approved by 27 national parliments across Europe. The UK is due to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019. But we voted to leave on the 23rd of June 2016. Also, to add there are also transition plans which could last 21 months.

The deal

The prime minister has said she will not bring her deal before the Commons until the 12th of March; just 17 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union. But why? If she just tells them earlier, the government would put plans in place to put that deal in to action. Why is Theresa May going with the harder option? This could be a reason why it's taking so long to leave.

Delaying Brexit

Although the UK cannot delay Brexit without agreement from the EU, Theresa May's government can request an extension. So, perhaps the government is thinking to do this in the future.

Questions I have for you

  • Why do you think it's taking so long for the UK to leave the EU?
  • Is Theresa May doing the right thing by not telling the commons about the deal until 17 days before we leave?
  • Do you think that the government will extend the time until Brexit?

Thank you for reading my post!


Comments (5)

  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_yuzu | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    26 Feb 2019

    For the second question I think Theresa May should tell the Government her brexit deal now so that the Government can address their point of view and help to make it more sustainable to use in the future.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      plucky_yuzu's comment 26 Feb 2019

      Theresa May has shared her deal with Parliament. MPs voted to reject this deal in January. So now she is trying to negotiate more with the EU for a better deal. MPs will vote on this on March 12th. Today May has also announced two more possible MP votes. Can anyone research what these will be for and explain them to BNC members.

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Feb 2019


        The link Balanced_Singer has provided us gives a perfect chart to understand the two possible vote after the vote on March 12th (I called it a Stage 1 Vote)

        Stage 1 Vote - Theresa May is urging MP’s to accept her deal by March 12th - if it passes, we will leave the EU with a deal. But if MP’s reject May’s deal it’s a fail, so we go to stage 2

        Stage 2 Vote - Vote on whether the MP’s want a No Deal Brexit by March 13th.
        If it passes the UK will leave with a No Deal Brexit. If it fails we will go to Stage 3.

        Stage 3 Vote - Vote to delay Brexit. (extending Article 50) - If it passes - the UK will request for an extension from the EU. If it fails - the UK will leave without a ‘No Deal Brexit’.

        Now this is baffling to me, the only reason we get to a possible stage 3 Vote is because the Commons will have voted not to have a No Deal Brexit. How is that democratic if the MP’s have already decided to kick that option out, yet it’s still there as a possible plan? Surely the follow on option would be a Stage 4 Vote - Give it to the people’s Vote? Or, any other plan other than a No Deal Brexit?

        Also there’s no guarantee we will get an extension, so what will the option be if that fails?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    26 Feb 2019

    This was literally posted seventeen minutes ago from when I'm typing this.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    26 Feb 2019

    Article 50 was triggered in March 2017, and that meant we only had 2 years to come up with a deal. Within that time the UK and the EU had to come up with new laws on how we operate outside of the EU in particular with trade, immigration and the Irish border. The whole negotiation is very complicated, for a start the UK have over 12000 EU laws in operation. Since triggering article 50 there have been constant debates and disagreement amongst the politician on the major key issues.

    Now exiting the EU could take even longer because both the EU and the UK have not agreed on a deal, so the UK will probably ask to extend the transition period. This will please a lot of the MP’s because this will avoid a disastrous No Deal Brexit, which means no agreement by March 2019. This would have major consequences to our trade and industry and immigration, border checks could be re-introduce and huge price hikes to our food. No company that trades with the EU would want a No Deal Brexit because they need to know the laws and regulations on how they operate their business. The NHS are deeply concerned; think of the medication required to be imported from the EU and the uncertainty of not knowing whether they can. Having a No Deal Brexit is the same as not knowing to everything.

    However, extending the transition period will also upset some MPs who support Brexit as they feel they want full control and don’t want to follow the rules and regulations of the EU.

    So how I see it, if the majority of the MP’s can’t come to an agreement, then the only option is for a People’s Vote and for the citizens of the UK to decide how we should go forward.

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