The Effect Of Brexit On The UK’s Political Scene

There is no doubt that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has caused mass upheaval both within the bloc and the United Kingdom herself.

The polls pointed towards Brits deciding to stay in the EU, but the actual referendum result itself showed the opposite. While Scotland and Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly for the UK to remain a member state, people in England and Wales voted to leave. The only real exception was the City of London, which has a large cosmopolitan and EU migrant population.

The referendum result threw the government into chaos. The strange thing is that there was no clamour for a referendum by the the general public and it was the Prime Minister of the time, David Cameron, who promised it to his back benchers to appease the euro skeptic elements of his government.

When Mr Cameron won the 2015 election, he set the wheels in motion for the referendum, convinced that the remain camp would win.

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson backed the leave camp with senior Minister Michael Gove and the rest is history. Mr Cameron resigned and was replaced by Theresa May, who eventually triggered the famous Article which means that the UK formally notified the European Union that it had triggered the mechanism to leave the EU.

Riding high on a seeming wave of confidence, Mrs May called a very early general election which backfired spectacularly and led to her party losing an overall majority in parliament and had to seek the support of Northern Ireland’s fringe UDP party to form a coalition.

The negotiations are ongoing with the EU and the UK’s initial wave of confidence seems to have petered out with economic growth being very sluggish in recent quarters. Opinion polls also show that British people now seem to regret the decision, but as we have seen many times recently, polls are not reliable these days.

To have a deeper look into the impacts this may have on Brits no longer living in the UK, we speak to Caroline, a 30 year old woman living as an ex-patriate in Malta working in the Igaming industry for casino.

Next week, she will give us insights to how this will affect a lot of British ex-pat lives and her opinion on how it may be possible to move forwards.

A bit of background on Caroline – she has worked in the Igaming industry now for 10 years, originally in UK in a land based casino but then moving her talents to the marketing sector of the online gambling business.

We will see you next time!