Student - October 4, 2018

Meanwhile in... the UK

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Cathy (Kexin) Chen

Two years after the UK announced its withdrawal from the European Union, the British prime minister Theresa May published a proposal for a Brexit deal. This includes free trade for industrial and agricultural goods, as well as no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The plan was recently rejected by EU leaders, leaving the British government in crisis. Marcus Betts is tired of all the talk.

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Everyone is kind of confused at the moment
Marcus Betts, a Master’s student of Geo-Information Science from the United Kingdom, reflects on current affairs in his country.
Marcus Betts, a Master’s student of Geo-Information Science from the United Kingdom, reflects on current affairs in his country.

‘When the referendum happened two years ago, it was my first time to participate in national voting. I voted for the UK to remain part of the EU. I know many young people also voted to remain.

It’s been two years and nothing’s really happening. But you always hear it in the news, and it is now getting a little bit repetitive and annoying to me. There are not many differences in my and my family’s life compared to two years ago, only the exchange rate has changed. Now they finally came up with a deal, but no clear solution or result is given to the public. What you hear all the time is still political talk and negotiations. I personally do not want to pay much attention to this issue until something actually happens.

I have spoken to the ambassador from the UK who came to Wageningen earlier. Even he could not tell what will happen, and what will be the future for British citizens. Everyone is kind of confused at this moment. I do not fully support Theresa May, her party and this deal they came up with, but I understand that they are in a very difficult position. They have to please everyone who wants to stay in the EU and everyone who wants to leave. Even some people from her own party disagree with her. It seems like she is trying to make the UK stay as close to the EU as possible, but on the other hand, she cannot just take all the best bits. At this moment, everything just seems very chaotic and it is hard for me to follow. I think they still have a long way to go until they finally come up with a solution.