Brexit vote: UK Parliament rejects Theresa May’s deal. Here’s what happens next

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  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    Jan. 16, 2019 3:42 p.m.

    To GreyWolf

    Membership in the EU is not compulsory. However, the open borders and freedom of movement of people, capital, goods and services allow unrestricted trade, common laws and lower costs of transaction. The UK will be doing without those advantages in a very short period of time.

  • GreyWolf ,
    Jan. 16, 2019 12:37 p.m.

    To pwlohse,

    Those examples prove only that there would be consequences involved, which is true of the dissolution of any agreement between nations. And while it might be argued that California could elect to form its own nation, that is just an argument, not an established fact unless and until it happens.

    The UK, on the other hand, is already its own nation, and has the freedom to act as such. The only thing to be argued there is the advisability of actions they may take, unless you are asserting that the EU has the power to force its members to stay, as would at least hypothetically be the case with any U.S. state or indeed any smaller region of a larger nation.

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    Jan. 16, 2019 11:54 a.m.

    To GreyWolf

    The countries belonging to the European Union are legally, commercially and historically intertwined. The UK is going to experience a large number of difficulties, especially in case of a hard Brexit. Trucks will be backed up from Dover to London. Just-in-time deliveries will be nearly impossible. Complex supply chains will be interrupted. Just to name a few examples.

  • GreyWolf ,
    Jan. 16, 2019 11:14 a.m.

    To pwlohse,

    California is not a separate nation, so it isn't the same as the UK leaving the EU.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    It is easier to be against something, then to figure out "what is better?"

    Critical thinking requires thinking, "and then what?" The Brits don't like the European Union, but they don't know what is better. Politicians should figure out the path-forward, and then ask the voters for approval.

    Like most of Europe, they got it backwards.

  • Theinvisibleman GB, 00
    Jan. 16, 2019 8:24 a.m.

    The 29th March date for leaving the EU is written in law, so it will happen unless a majority in parliament vote to change it. The economists’ predicted collapse of the £ following the defeat of the EU deal last night did not happen; in fact the reverse. As always the predictions of doom are just fear-mongering by those wishing to remain in the corrupt and overly expensive nondemocratic EU. The EU are desperate to keep the financial contributions from the UK, but don’t want to give the UK a deal which may encourage other EU countries to leave. Hopefully the democratic process will support the outcome of the referendum last year and by the end of March we will be able to shout "Free at last!"

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    Jan. 16, 2019 4:50 a.m.

    I wonder how US Americans would react if California were to break away from the remaining States and overnight trade barriers including tariffs would be in place. I work for a company that trades both ways and I have yet to meet a customer or supplier who thinks that Brexit is a good idea.

  • Theinvisibleman GB, 00
    Jan. 16, 2019 3:05 a.m.

    Just a small correction - the vote of no confidence is in the government not the Prime Minister. She survived a vote of no confidence in her at the tail end of last year.

  • GrainOfSalt Draper, UT
    Jan. 15, 2019 11:40 p.m.

    Before the original Brexit vote took place, economists and other experts predicted gloom and doom for the economy should it pass. The opposite was true. Once again the gloom and doom experts are sounding the alarm, and I venture to guess they will be wrong again.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2019 7:35 p.m.

    The European Union is a mammoth, monolithic government bureaucracy that really only benefits the bureaucracy.

    England did just fine without the EU for centuries - there is no reason to believe they won't do just fine without it now. Even if they do have a few "hiccups" after exiting, the fact remains that the people voted to leave, and politicians SHOULD act accordingly.

    The EU was a good idea; except its true purpose has been co-opted by self-serving, (and overpaid)bureaucrats.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2019 7:29 p.m.

    Brexit was a mistake and the results will limit crazy agenda's by the extreme right.

  • Zzzptm Dallas, TX
    Jan. 15, 2019 6:17 p.m.

    Fingers crossed, they have another referendum. Brexit is one of those things that looks good until one actually thinks good and hard about it.