By Panayiotis Alimisis
«Britain at the crossroad» is perhaps the best phrase to describe the political uncertainty which dominates domestic political scene. Prime Minster Teresa May feels unable to persuade the Europeans to agree on a “reasonable” Brexit deal, and at the same time, she feels unable to convince her own Parliament to vote for a plan to exit EU. At this point, the pressure is enormous because EU leaders rejected London’s request for extension, and now the Tories have to come fast with a new plan, up to 12 of April, which is the last day for Britain as a member of EU. On the day after, London might face an unprecedented crisis, unless Teresa May wins the Parliament’s support next week, when the Brexit deal will be discussed and comes to the ‘ballot box’ once again.
On the other hand, public opinion feels very distressed after almost two years of the political turmoil, and there is a recorded growing popular demand for dropping the Brexit deal once and for all, and continue life into the “European Family”. But divisions still exist. The big majority of British voters still believe that Britain should leave, without necessarily breaking all ties. Brexit supporters mainly argue that even if UK suddenly decides to stay into EU, the damage at all levels, has already been done… What are the consequences from a “bad Brexit”? Well, most analysts believe that if both sides fail to reach a reasonable withdrawal agreement immediately, it means the United Kingdom will not get a transition period vital for the reorganization of the economy. If that will be the case in the days to come, all big and small businesses, various companies, public bodies and organizations, must respond accordingly, in order to avoid nasty surprises.