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Brexit: The Commons in Crisis

Ryan Ng

09 June 2022

The United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU) had caused an uproar of tension in the House of Commons.

Being part of the EU meant being part of the Customs Union and Single Market, Conservative Party felt that this had restricted their freedom and robbed them of their economic gains.

The Conservative Party is very certain that withdrawing from the Customs Union and Single Market means no more free trade, and taxes are to be paid.

However, Prime Minister Theresa May has assured the UK of more economic gains from the future trading bonds formed with other countries.

Separation from the EU also meant immigration checks that can reduce the risk and chances of terrorism, such as bombing and shooting in Northern Ireland.

The UK plans to adopt a ‘soft’ barrier approach would benefit Northern Ireland more than a ‘hard’ barrier approach due to its history and prevent any division of races and religious groups in Northern Ireland, which may cause a rise in tension.

The UK has foresightedly made use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to guard its borders and maintain security peacefully that prevents any forms of uproar.

Tom Watson from the Labour Party, however, wants a Customs Union and Single Market, so there would not need to have any border tax to facilitate economic gains and faster and better trading relations.

However, this would create tensions, rather than fixing the prominent matter of Ireland and The Troubles. This would escalate the situation as the discrimination faced by The Troubles still exists.

The Opposition Party tried to renegotiate the terms of Customs Union and the Single Market with the UK, but the Conservation Party fears that the world would depict the UK as ‘weak’ and having to abide by the EU.

The decision seems to be fixed on leaving the EU, but the UK was trying to fight for remaining in the Customs Union as it would be a win-win situation for them, having both peace in Northern Ireland and economic gains.



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