by Graham Pierrepoint
It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if every UK citizen that hasn’t been living in a cave over the summer wasn’t already fatigued by talks of Brexit – Great Britain’s decision to resign membership of the European Union after a landmark referendum – after all, it has certainly been a few months of political and economic intrigue, as well as concern, over what exactly happens next. There has been continued discussion between political heavyweights and in the media alike, indicating that the whole concept of leaving the European Union may be a tad more complex than many had first assumed. This, however, has not dissuaded those who wish to press on with Brexit, as potential deals between the UK and remaining EU member states have yet to reach the table.
How many UK citizens, however, would be happy to go through the referendum mill again? Certainly, those who voted for the country to remain in the EU would welcome another vote – but many would also see any changes made to the economy and any panic generated by the initial outcome to be rendered moot. But just how likely is a second referendum? According to Tim Farron MP – leader of the Liberal Democrats party – the idea of Prime Minister Theresa May holding a second referendum on the exact terms of Brexit may come into fruition.
Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Farron advised that while May was keen for ‘Brexit to mean Brexit’, she may find herself forced to consult with the British public once more if a potential deal with the EU is to be outlined. Certainly, Farron states, it is right that the British public should be asked to vote in a referendum on any deals or terms that are likely to be proposed. This, therefore, would mean that the voting public would return to the polls once more to weigh in on any offers put on the table. It is a reasonable suggestion from the MP, but it is still far too early to say exactly what terms will be drawn up at the negotiating table.
With many EU member states this week having advised that they are keen to maintain free movement between countries, it is clear that there is still some time to go before Europeans on the whole know exactly where they stand – and for the UK, this may potentially mean staying put unless they wish to pay to visit the continent.