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Divided UK leaves orbit, plunges into uncertainty – Reuters reports – Christian Journal front page


par #Guy #Faulconbridge

LONDON (#Reuters) -The UK effectively leaves the #European #Union on #Thursday evening, turning its back on 48 years of tumultuous relations with the #European project born from the ruins of #World #War II, heading towards an uncertain future .

#Brexit will actually happen at 23:00 GMT, eleven months after the UK formally left the EU on #January 31, when a transition period began during which it remained part of the single market and subject to community standards.

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#For nearly five years, the frenzied twists and turns of the #Brexit soap opera dominated #European affairs, haunted markets and tarnished the UK’s reputation as a mainstay of the #West’s economic and political stability.

#Described by his supporters as the start of a new era for a regained and globally oriented #Britain, the divorce with the EU has weakened ties between #England, #Wales, #Scotland and #Northern #Ireland – an economic market of some £ 2.2 trillion.

“#Brexit is not an end but a beginning,” #British #Prime #Minister #Boris #Johnson told #Parliament on #Wednesday, hours before MEPs approve the trade deal with the EU.

The #Conservative leader, a leading figure in the “#Brexiters” in 2016, was in a jovial mood and later assured reporters with a smile on his face that he had read the agreement signed with #Brussels – a document of more than 1,200 pages .

“#So sweet is the sadness of our farewells”, for her part declared the #President of the #European #Commission, #Ursula von der #Leyen, quoting a line from #Romeo and #Juliet by #William #Shakespeare, while #London and #Brussels had just reached an agreement on their relationships on #Christmas #Eve.

#She also borrowed from the poet TS #Eliot adding: “What we call the beginning is often the end. The end is where we start from. “

“WORLD FUTURE”

#If he assured the EU that the #United #Kingdom would remain the “#European civilization par excellence”, #Boris #Johnson gave few details on what he intends to build thanks to the new #British “independence”, then that the country must go into heavy debt to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

#In #June 2016, some 17.4 million #British voters voted in favor of leaving the #European #Union, or 52% of the votes cast, and 16.1 million opposed it. #Few of them have changed their minds since.

#England and #Wales were overwhelmingly in favor of #Brexit, but not #Scotland or #Northern #Ireland.

The referendum highlighted divisions in the UK that went far beyond the #European question. #It has fueled questions on a wide spectrum of themes, be it secession, immigration, capitalism or the very essence of modern #British identity.

#Leaving the EU was once the dream of a motley band of #Eurosceptics on the fringes of #British politics. #It was as “sick of #Europe” that the #United #Kingdom joined the bloc in 1973 and #British leaders debated two decades later whether to enter the euro zone.

‘The #British institution had roughly lost its charm and we entered what was then the common market for, in fact, self-protection reasons – we thought this was the best future for us, we couldn’t see any other way forward, ”said #Boris #Johnson.

#This has changed. “We see a global future for us,” he said.

#Coming to power in the summer of 2019, the former mayor of #London managed to secure a divorce agreement and then a post-Brexit trade agreement with #Brussels, while in the meantime obtaining, a year ago, the largest majority member of the #Conservative #Party since #Margaret #Thatcher.

UNITED, THE KINGDOM?

#Brexit, in the eyes of its supporters, is an escape from a #European project dominated by #Germany which they deem doomed to failure because it is lagging behind the two greatest world powers, the #United #States and #China.

#Opponents of the divorce from the EU see it as foolishness that will weaken the #West, torpedo what remains of the UK’s influence on the international stage, hurt the UK economy and, in the end, simply leave a less cosmopolitan group of islands.

“Brexit must teach us a number of lessons, first on the lies that have been told, and we will see that what has been promised – a kind of total freedom, absence of coercion, radiation – (… ) will not happen ”, estimated in #France the #Secretary of #State for #European #Affairs, #Clément #Beaune, speaking of a day both“ historic and sad ”.

“#With #Brexit, I believe that it is the #United #Kingdom which is punishing itself”, he continued on the antenna of LCI.

#Once the UK leaves the single market and customs union on #Thursday evening, border disruptions are almost certain, with longer procedures and higher costs for product transfers.

#Divorce, after living together for almost 50 years, will bring about a wide range of changes, from pet passports, to driving license standards for #Britons in the EU to data regulations. private.

#On the sidelines of the #Brexit soap opera, public opinion in #Scotland has become increasingly favorable to the country’s independence, due to the divorce with the EU and the coronavirus health crisis, casting a shadow over 300 years of political union between #England and #Scotland.

#Scottish #First #Minister #Nicola #Sturgeon has said in the past that an independence referendum should be held in the first months of the coming legislature next year.

(#French version #Jean #Terzian and #Henri-Pierre #André, edited by #Blanine Hénault)


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