This week the May Government announced that on the 29th of March, a formal letter will be sent to European Council President, Donald Tusk, triggering Article 50 and kick starting the BREXIT negotiations.
Whether the triggering of Article 50 will be announced via email or formal letter is unsure. What is sure is that the UK has two years of arduous debate and negotiation ahead of them in order to work out the best possible divorce settlement from the European Union.
Interestingly, tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which created the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1957. Whilst some in the European community have labeled Ms. May’s date a “hostile act” which looks to overshadow the planned celebrations of 60 years of the EEC, more practical reasons can be found for the choice made by No. 10.
Firstly, the eternal whinger, Nicola Sturgeon, has placed pressure on the government by demanding a second independence referendum for Scotland. Claiming that the BREXIT vote, in which 62% of Scotland voted “Remain”, changed everything, Sturgeon has gone back on her party’s promise that the 2014 Referendum was a “once in a generation” event.
For all their puffery the Scottish National Party (SNP) lacks any kind of leverage on this issue and the push by Sturgeon can be seen as a ploy by the SNP to gain relevance in a political climate which is fast moving on from the topic of Scottish independence.
Secondly, delays from the unelected House of Lords have impeded the BREXIT proceedings due to concerns over the rights of EU citizens who are currently in the UK. Pressure is mounting from this as UK citizens are becoming restless over the perceived delay and watering down of the BREXIT proceedings.
With these two issues looming the back of Ms. May’s mind, it is not surprising she has sent this letter to Mr. Tusk and we can only hope that the two sides reach a beneficial and amicable agreement. Furthermore we can all hope for an agreement which promotes and facilitates free trade not only within the European continent but with the rest of the world.
Theresa May and the UK have a tough two years ahead of them but with proper respect to the will of the people, a compromise which benefits all parties can be easily made.