On the very day Britain originally should say goodbye to the EU, big disappointment. Brexit is not happening; on the contrary in a complete deadlock situation.
Today, for the third time in a row, members of Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement now plunging the country in nothing less as a constitutional crisis and leaving voters in limbo.
The government lost again with 58 votes short to get the withdrawal deal, at least partially, passed.
If -at least on the short term, a hard Brexit is very unlikely, the U.K. is unavoidably heading for another humiliation; participating in the elections for a new European Parliament in May.
Furious Brexiteers gathered outside Parliament to protest against the day by day diminishing chances of leaving the EU. Some protesters were arrested.
The economic and financial damage is mounting day by day.
The PM has now until April 12th to decide what to do and possibly ask in Brussels for an extension of the negotiating process. In the meanwhile, chances are materializing that Britain will be forced to organize General Elections for the European Parliament as Brexit is fading away.
Another route is the no deal scenario. Possible, but still unlikely.
Awaiting next week further votes on proposals in Parliament, for now we can conclude that, so far, democracy has failed.
Whether it is unclear Brexit will ever happen at all, the British economy is already suffering Hugh financial losses.
Many large companies already left the country and financial experts warn companies to remove all financial assets from the U.K.
Not to mention the fleeing EU workforce as more and more workers from outside Britain leaving the UK in chaos behind.
Continuity of the NHS workforce is seriously compromised as many employees quit their jobs and go back to Europe. Similar problems at many other institutions and companies as the workforce disappears in thin air.
I am not surprised that earlier this week the PM lost her voice. The ongoing Brexit circus is taking its toll. Every GP can confirm that stress is a very bad thing for your immune system.
It is not about capital leaving the country only. Millions of Brexit pounds spend by the government already went down the drain. Money spend on malicious advisors and -not to forget- a so call ferry company that –in case of a no deal- should assist carrying goods but had no experience at all.
Most surprising is the timing of the legal advice to parliament that happened AFTER renewed negations. Wouldn’t it be better to send experienced legal advisors with Mrs. May on her EU visits?
Mrs. May keeps on trying to persuade MP’s. Next week for the third time in a row. She warns that another defeat can lead to a very long Brexit delay and probably end up in no Brexit at all.
It is always easy to join the party. Now we face reality and become aware how difficult it is to unwind the EU relationship. Let me warn other EU countries that the EU is like a sect; almost impossible to escape.
I believe this great country should take the (temporarily) pain for granted and leave without a deal. The self-healing capacity of Britain is enormous.