Brexit: Two years later

Abel Samson, Staff Writer

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The exit part in “Brexit” is taking far too long as the negotiations have reached the one year mark. I agree with the United Kingdom leaving the union, however I disagree with some of the reasons behind leaving. The European Union is one of the most powerful groups in the world and they are about to lose one of its biggest members with the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is not a country. It’s more like a country of countries. It is made up of four nations including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The rest of Ireland is its own independent nation.
So what in the world is a Brexit? Brexit is the idea that the Brits will break away from the European Union. The European Union is a union consisting of 28 countries located primarily in Europe. This union was made to create peace in Europe and allow trade and transportation between countries to make everything less hectic and simpler. Most people in Britain seem to want to keep the trade structure with the rest of Europe, but they don’t want free travel without immigration restrictions in the U.K.
The United Kingdom wants to leave the union for reasons such as reduced immigration, reduced terrorism, and the fear of losing jobs, similar to how the United States is feeling towards other countries. The Brexit referendum that happened in the 2016 election has still not been carried out because it is unclear exactly how it could happen. A way that they could carry it out is through a Hard Brexit, which is where they could cut off trade relationships and immigration completely. There is also a Soft Brexit, which would keep the U.K.’s relationship as close as possible with the E.U., but they would no longer be with the union.
The Brexit impacts the rest of the world significantly, not just Europe. The U.K. is the fifth biggest national economy in the world. This will affect the rest of the world’s market and can lead to bad news for any country’s economy. The U.K. is also America’s seventh biggest trading partner. For the U.S., we worry that the breakup of the union, which is a vital ally, will create even more instability.

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