On June 23 2016 the people of Britain had a vote to decide if we wanted to remain within or leave the EU (European Union). This has too often been misquoted as do the people of Britain want to remain within Europe or not. Europe is a continental plate and short or relocating the entire population to another part of the planet Britain remains within Europe.
The volte was to leave by a small majority, but a majority never the less, 52% of those who could be bothered to vote voting to leave. It should be noted that it is generally accepted that older voters were more likely to have voted leave than younger voters. Most of my daughters friends for example would have voted to remain : they were too young to vote at the time but now are old enough.
The Prime-minister has negotiated an interim deal which has few people happy. Many on both sides feel that much of British law remains controlled by the EU and we are no-longer in a position to influence it. Whether it is the continued imposition of EU laws and standards you object to or the loss if influence depends on which side of the argument you are on.
There is a vote in parliament on Tuesday to decide if we are going to accept this interim deal. If accepted there will be further negotiations on a final deal which are likely to take several years to complete, possibly over a decade. However it looks like the deal will be rejected and the ramifications of that are possibly including a change of leadership within the Conservative party and a general election.
I’m not looking to re-open the debate on should Britain be in the EU or not as that has been done already and there are some in the UK who are trying to re-open it already.
I am more interested to see how this plays in the rest of the world. Is this a local story only or do people, other than the political classes, take an interest in this and what do they think?