Conservative Theresa May probably dreams about the Brexit deal at night. She’s totally immersed in the deal. But it looks like the rest of Britain doesn’t like the way she’s trying to leave the European Union. Brexit is the nightmare that might send Theresa May back to a quiet life. Even her own party doesn’t like the pending Brexit deal. That’s why May canceled yesterday’s vote. She knows she has to pull a Brexit rabbit out of the Brussels deal, but European Union members think the U.K. got enough concessions to close the deal. May has till January 21st to make the deal make sense.
The stumbling point in the Brexit deal is the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Ireland is still a European Union member. Northern Ireland wants to leave with the rest of the country. Ireland wants to keep the border open, but if that happens, the U.K. will have to conform to EU trade rules. That’s one of the reasons the U.K. wants to leave. People from other EU countries pass through open borders and look for U.K. jobs. The EU workers take jobs away from Brit citizens, according to Michael Gove one of the architects of Brexit.
European Union members say the deal looks good in spite of the border issue. The U.K. needs to accept the situation in order for the U.K. to leave in March. But May doesn’t have enough votes in Parliament to accept the current deal without changing the Ireland-Northern Ireland border debacle.
Several U.K. political analysts say Theresa May may not survive the Brexit debacle. EU members say May can’t get her own party to agree to the deal. And that makes her look weak. May went to Brussels to see if she could find a way to fix the border issue. But according to Nathalie Loiseau, the French Minister for European Affairs, the current agreement is the only possible agreement. Loiseau also said the EU bent over backward to help the Brexit situation.
Nathalie also said France thinks the U.K. might leave the EU without a deal. If that happens, things could downhill in Britain hurry in terms of food shortages, plane groundings, traffic jams, and other challenges. Brits say it’s up to Theresa May to find a way to go or to stay that will serve U.K. economic and border issues.