These days, the latest events in UK politics are connected to Brexit, which is a major structural change in UK politics and how people see different segments of society. Even food policy is under revision. Although many people see this as a good opportunity for changes to the better, this could easily go wrong if not managed carefully.
For almost fifty years, the UK’s food policy and system – comprising the transport, production of food, manufacturing, and so on – has been linked to the UK membership of the European Union. The entire UK is well known for its world-class catering companies which can be compared to the best catering companies in Miami, which have always been at the top of the list. Now you see and understand how important Brexit is to all segments of society and the entire UK economy.
Britain has been a full member of the EU since 1973. But what’s going on, what happened with relationship between the EU and the UK? It all started with a series of crises that have shaken the UK confidence in the EU.
The referendum was held on 23 June 2016 when people decided that the UK should leave the European Union. The voting ratio was: 51.9 percentage voted to leave while 48.1 percentage voted to stay.
And that’s how we have a new world – BREXIT. Which is actually a shorter way when we wanna say that the UK is leaving the EU.
But what does all of this even mean and how it will affect people and the entire society?
By definition, the EU is a family or let’s call it a special club of 28 European countries. Each of them has to pay if they want to stay a regular member, and in return for that, they have access to special ways of working together
Here we talk about a being part of one big single market where EU members can trade with one another and their people can move from one country to another freely. It’s just like one huge country where we all live all together.
The European Union has its own rules, ideology, currency, laws, and parliament, but yet the UK is not using Euro. The basic idea of constituting the EU comes after WW2 with the belief that if the countries work diligently, all together, they will evade mistakes from history and there won’t be wars anymore.
The big part of people gave their vote to remain in the EU – 48 percentage, including former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. He felt that it is better to go with EU members than going alone. They claim that it is easier for the UK to sell products and so on to other EU members, which is actually good for the UK’s businesses and trade.
But what made more than half of people to vote to leave this so-called special club?
At first, the very idea of a single market was focused on improving, increasing trade between these countries, which should lead to lowering prices and creating jobs. BUT after a while, the EU Parliament bring on the table many new rules and restrictions that every single country of the EU has to follow and the UK start feeling they are losing control and power of its own laws and affairs.
To make a long story short, the truth is that the UK gives a large amount of money to the EU every year, that is a membership fee. And the vast majority of people think that they are getting nothing in return for these big amounts of money.
There is also one more concern between the UK citizens about people who are moving from poor, south countries to richer like they are. This has made people start worrying about the rule of free movement, which allows EU people to move between EU countries freely. This was actually a crucial problem for many people who voted.
The struggle and battle between the UK and the EU are still ongoing. All deadlines have been broken, and the end of the negotiations is not in sight, because many key issues are still unresolved, and it seems that they will remain so.
What will happen remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, people voted not to stay in the EU.