We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

The EU Needs a Brexit Endgame

22 9 1
31.01.2019

PARIS – After 31 months of the United Kingdom and the European Union arguing over Brexit, the truth is that neither side knows what it wants.

Jan 24, 2019 George Soros sounds the alarm about the surveillance-state authoritarianism being pioneered by Xi Jinping in China.

Jan 28, 2019 Elizabeth Drew explains how the showdown over the US government shutdown revealed the depth of Donald Trump's weakness.

Jan 31, 2019 Simon Johnson argues that the Trump administration's contempt for ordinary people highlights the need for political reform.

This sad reality is most obvious in the case of the UK, whose ruling Conservative Party has consistently been at war with itself over the actual meaning of the June 2016 Brexit referendum. After a series of strategic mishaps and tactical blunders by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Tory infighting came to a head in mid-January, when Parliament voted down her negotiated exit agreement. It made clear that May lacks support within her own party for a realistic compromise with the EU.

At the same time, a majority of MPs and British voters oppose the “no-deal” exit advocated by hardline Tory Euroskeptics. That scenario would put the UK in breach of legally binding international commitments, jeopardize the 1998 agreement that ended violent sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, and result in immediate economic costs and job losses. At a time when US President Donald Trump is hastening the demise of the post-war global order, it is frankly stunning that Brexiteers still believe in the fantasy of a thriving, free-trading Global Britain. And yet here we are.

The EU........

© Project Syndicate