In June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union, nonetheless three years on the deal is yet to go through. It is without doubt that there is a general sense of frustration now surrounding Brexit as many people have simply lost interest in the deal; I spoke to a handful of people to find out how they feel about Brexit and the deal and what they would like from the future.
The UK is due to formally leave the EU on October 31st. Theresa May’s deal was rejected primarily due to its stance on the backstop which seeked to prevent border posts between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit; this is because UK MPs feared it would tie the UK into trading relations with the EU. After May’s resignation, Boris Johnson headed a new deal which ultimately replaced the backstop with new customs arrangements. Within this deal, the UK would leave the customs union and would therefore have freedom in its trade deals with the rest of the world whilst maintaining access to the EU customs zone via Northern Ireland. After debate in the House of Commons on Saturday a new deal has been struck with special arrangements to prevent a harsh border for Northern Ireland as well as proposals for long-term relations between the UK and the EU. As a result, Johnson has applied for a three-month delay to the Brexit deal.
“This new deal ensures that we take back control of our laws, trade, borders and money without disruption, and provides the basis of a new relationship with the EU based on free trade and friendly cooperation. The British public have polled overwhelmingly that they’re bored of Brexit. It’s time for MPs to put the national interest first and vote for the deal on Monday… I think the deal is an acceptable compromise.” – Josh Funnell, RHUL Politics and International Relations
“Well the whole situation has been going on for so long I actually can’t be f****d anymore I’ve given up following”- Rima Ismail, RHUL Geography
“I’m sick of it…everyone is. We need to get this done so we can move on as a country. The deal’s fine though I would prefer no deal on WTO terms and then negotiate afterwards.” “The deal is okay because nothing is decided at this point, it’s all up for negotiation during the transition period so will be up to the government to negotiate about trade, our fishing waters etc during transition.” – Anonymous
“I personally believe it’s the MPs causing all this b******t and Boris is doing his best” – Thomas Hughes, IT Professional
“It doesn’t look good that concessions were needed over the Irish border and shows that much of the power in negotiations is not with the UK. Brexit itself shows that the finger pointing nature of the right-wing rhetoric is very much at large across Europe.” – Christian Dodd, RHUL Management and Marketing
“I don’t really know what I want from the deal, I guess no backstop, so open borders and decent trade deals; I don’t want us to be completely isolationist.” – Thomas Davies, RHUL History
“Brexit is the excretions of a misinformed society; a prolonged, exhausting exertion in the vague hope of a golden nugget falling from the bowels of discontent into the bowl of future aspirations. It only ever has and will continue to be s**t, yet some cling to the naïve notion that prosperity will eventually emerge from this volatile feculence.” – Luke Kelland, KCL Law
“The Conservatives have made the country look like a laughingstock; this constant leader switching is ridiculous. I really don’t like Boris and his politics but the fact that he came here and is actually making progress with Brexit is commendable. We should’ve come in first thing with no deal on the table, so we had some negotiation power. I think the fact that there isn’t enough support for Europeans is horrendous. Everything is up in the air for them as to whether they can stay.” – Anonymous
“I don’t care who gets it done, or what deal they make, I just want it done.” – Mark Munro, RHUL Geography
“I think the response to the deal is very unfair as Boris has more or less bought to the table the same as Theresa yet is being hailed a hero and her a zero” – Chloe Storer, RHUL History
“I think our government should stop trying to achieve Brexit; it’s clear they can’t do it. Additionally, I think the public is less 50/50 than it was three years ago. Since the vote, more people are keen to stay.” – Steve James, RHUL Film
The future of Brexit is relatively unclear; with an extension yet to be approved a no deal Brexit is a possibility, whilst calls for an early general election or second referendum are prevalent amongst many. Nevertheless, the general electorate is seeking a definite decision of some kind. Whilst some approve of Boris’ deal others are critical of aspects such as trading agreements, or of the ‘Leave’ campaign generally. Ultimately, regardless of what result eventually emerges from Brexit there will be supporters and critics. It is the government’s responsibility to push aside party politics and to support the best outcome for the country and the future.