It has been an eventful 2019, hasn’t it?
I can hear you saying, ‘Please don’t go there!’, and I don’t blame you a bit for saying it.
In the UK in 2019 the country lurched from one disaster to another, from weak politics, to floods, to yet another year of economic uncertainty, to troubles within both major political parties and miss-steps with Britain’s allies. It has been a mess.
Consequently, 2020 can only be better. YAY!
Still, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to have united the formerly disunited Conservative and Unionist Party which now sits at 365-seats strong — strong enough to pass almost any bill it wants — including a Brexit bill allowing the UK to leave the European Union on January 31, 2020 requiring the UK and the EU to agree a trade deal by December 31, 2020 (or a so-called ‘No Deal’ Brexit will occur, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, as WTO rules would automatically kick-in from that moment onwards until a trade deal between the two parties is signed) that will set the rules and regulations (and the tone) for all future trade between the UK and the EU.
So, yeah, it’s important. To both sides. Try not to screw it up!
Here’s a short list of some of the non-Brexit legislation LetterToBritain would like to see passed in 2020 (that’s actually passed not jabbered about endlessly, but passed into law in 2020 to come into effect in 2021) that would make the UK stronger economically, environmentally, and militarily.
No matter which side of Brexit you were on, regardless of which political party you favoured in the 2019 election, and regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or anything that could be construed by Britain’s critics as a way to divide us… there is simply much more that unites us than divides us. May that ever be the case.
Wishing all of you an enjoyable New Years’ celebration and a happy and prosperous 2020!
Written by John Brian Shannon
John Brian Shannon serves on the Editorial Board at kleef&co. John has contributed to the United Nations Development Program and to corporate blogs. Presently writing about Brexit at: LetterToBritain.com