A 3 minutes basic guide to Brexit
If you want to sound smart to your colleagues at work or if you need to plan your future trips to and from the Uk and you want to know the basics about Brexit, well you’ve come to the right place then our friend!
We will go through the Brexit topic very simply and very quickly. Please be aware that Brexit is constantly changing, all this information is fact and relevant, but only as long as this limbo “deal” or “no deal” time period lasts. If there is a deal on Brexit with the EU or a no deal on Brexit with the EU, then the circumstances and consequences will change depending on the outcome.
What is Brexit & what does it mean?
Well, let’s say that you are a business owner and you sell things, you and the 26 other local shops form a club, and instead of being 26 shops, you are 1 large one with many representatives that sell to other people, but mainly sell stuff to each other.
For a long period of time everything was great, things are selling, it all seems pretty easy and you all seem to get along. Then one day, a member of the club tells you that they want nothing to do with the club, they don’t like the rules of the club and how it orders and sells things. They want to go back to the days when they had their own individual shop.
It’s a simplified metaphor but basically Brexit is Britain trying to return to the days they were an independent shop. This, of course, means good and bad things for the shop.
Why is Brexit happening?
To continue with the metaphor from above, the shopkeeper’s memory of their original shop is as follows: the colours were brighter, the customers were happier, the stock was cheaper…
A referendum was held on Thursday 23 June, 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The two main reasons people voted Leave were ‘immigration’ and ‘sovereignty’, whereas the main reason people voted Remain was ‘the economy’.
When is Brexit happening?
Now that depends on when you ask this question… if you asked in 2016 then the date was 29th of March 2019. If you asked in March 2019 people would have said April 12th 2019. If you asked right now, perhaps Halloween.
Theresa May wants to leave before June 2019, the English Parliament have a long break for the summer and May wants to get it through before that.
All in all, it’s still a pending subject which has no official deadline. The EU has said the Brexit process should not be extended again beyond 31 October 2019, but legally speaking another extension could happen if all EU countries, including the UK, agree to it.
How can Brexit affect you?
Possible effects on travel might include:
Travelling to the UK
The British government have said they don’t intend to “really” require visas from people coming from the EU countries for short stays of 90 – 180 days. The British government intend to install the Australian points system of immigration for people. This is all hypothetical though.
Travelling from the UK
The European Commission has also confirmed that as of 2021, UK visitors to the EU will have to pay €7 (about £6.50) for the European Travel Information and Authorization Scheme (IAS), which can be bought online ahead of travel. This will last for three years and ensure smooth entry at EU borders and airports, similar to the current ESTA scheme that many tourists use to travel to the United States.null
But, will Brexit actually happen?
Honestly, the best way to answer this question is with a question: if you flip a coin will it land on heads or tails? However, it is a strong possibility that Brexit will happen.
Will Brexit happen with a “deal”?
If you flip a coin will it land on the edge of the coin? No. It will be no deal or no Brexit.
But could Brexit still be called off?
Yes. Stopping Brexit would require a change in the law in the UK, however that is something neither the government nor the main UK opposition parties want to do at this point.
The European Court of Justice ruled on 10 December 2018 that the UK could cancel the Article 50 Brexit process without the permission of the other 27 EU members, and remain a member of the EU on its existing terms, provided the decision followed a “democratic process”, in other words, if Parliament voted for it. In March, an online petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked gained over six million signatures.
So it is possible that is could be called off.
So what is the conclusion?
Right now Brexit is still under debate and everything is very much up in the air, meaning no one really knows what will happen in the future and how this will affect the economy, travel, visa requirements…
We advise to keep an eye on the news and whatever steps are taken next by the UK and the EU.
A special thank you to Brexit expert & microstayer Ciaran Murray for his input into this article.