Your primer to Brexit
There’s been a lot of talk about Brexit in the past couple of months. You must have heard your elders discuss it, or watched a debate on television or read an article about it in a newspaper. But what really is Brexit? If you don’t understand, it’s okay. It’s mind boggling to even some adults… but here’s a primer which can sail you through whenever a discussion comes up in school or even at a playdate.
Brexit is derived from two words, Britain and exit, which actually explains the concept pretty much. This means Britain is exiting European Union. The EU is an international organization made up of 28 European countries. It’s single market which lets all European countries trade with each other freely; goods could move freely without checks and regulations. But this also means that people can move freely without restrictions of borders, though not all countries follow the policies regarding free movement of people.
Britain voted to exit the EU in June 2016 and with Boris Johnson as the new prime minister, it is expected to move out by the end of this year or earlier next year. Britain wants to use the advantages of single market but doesn’t want people from all over the Europe entering its borders without checks. Johnson would be in talks with the EU leaders to sort out the deal.
In 2012, European Union was conferred with Nobel Peace Prize due to its over six-decade contribution in the development of peace, equality, reconciliation, and human rights in the continent. The twist is that Norway is not a member of the EU.