Four years ago today the U.K. voted for Brexit.
By Ellen Nicholson
4 years ago today the U.K. voted for Brexit.
It has not been as envisaged by either side.
The U.K. left the European Union in January 2020 and currently in a holding zone of a transistion period until December 2020.
There are few trade deals on the current horizon, and those offered by the US require the UK to downgrade its food and farming standards.
Freedom of movement across the EU has altered for UK citizens. EU migration has fallen whilst non EU migration to the U.K. has risen, both have always been within the control of the U.K. government.
Blue passports are now made in France, the irony.
The government elected, have shown themselves to be inadequate and unprepared to dealing with a global pandemic and less than swift of foot dealing with trade negotiators. 'Taking back control' of fishing was sadly sold out long ago.
Money wasted on ferry services, defunct test and trace apps, servo - the list of failed projects the tax payer funds feels endless.
The Lords Brexit consultation paper makes sobering reading for the new normal in Britain.
"Brexit has resulted in two new forms of EU-derived law operating in the UK, and a future relationship agreement with the EU could well add a third. This is not widely appreciated, but it is just one of the significant issues facing Parliament, the Government and the country in the months and years ahead. For those who were hoping, for whatever reason, that discussion of Brexit might cease, it may be disappointing to find that it is not yet at an end.
This will not be a period of business as usual and #COVID-19 must not blind us to the challenges that Parliament will face in its scrutiny of Brexit. Indeed, Brexit and COVID-19 place into sharp focus the inadequacies of Parliament's capacity to hold the Government to account."
It's sobering to realise four years have passed.
Was it all really worth it is the question today?