Opinion: What’s next for Brexit?
CGTN's Dialogue
It was a chaotic week for the UK politics: On January 15, the UK Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan by a landslide, 432 to 202; the next day, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, but May's administration survived by a narrow margin. So what's next for Brexit?
Mark Pinner, China Practice Managing Director at Interel Consulting, said that the alternative options seemingly on the table could be a second referendum, staying in the single market/customs union, Theresa May's deal, or leaving the European Union (EU), but “all of them have problems”. And the government and the parliament are not pulling together to reach a compromise but instead shifting to extreme sides.
A group of 71 opposition Labor lawmakers have urged their leader Jeremy Corbyn to swing behind a second referendum to break the Brexit impasse in parliament. And Corbyn said Labor would table further no-confidence motions in the government "if necessary".
Alexander Mercouris, Editor-in-Chief of The Duran, argued that the no confidence vote was a piece of political theater and the reason May survived was that “there is no obvious alternative to her within the Conservative Party. And the Conservative Party does not want a general election at this time.
The EU is not happy that Britain's prime minister can't get the Brexit deal in the parliament and believes it is not the EU's job to help the UK solve its domestic political problems.
Cui Hongjian, Director of European Studies Department of China Institute of International Studies, said that there would be no best deal for all parties involved but a pragmatic approach could be adopted for both UK and the EU to reach a final deal. While Theresa May is trying to get her plan passed domestically, it would also be advisable for the EU side to make some kind of concession to help reach a deal. However, it would also be difficult for the EU to integrate different voices from its member states.
With a full debate and the key vote on the Brexit deal scheduled for January 29, Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to publish an updated plan of action on EU withdrawal to Parliament on January 21.
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