Below is a comment from Dr. Blunt from the city
University of London.
IN THE YEAR AFTER BREXIT: A SAD BALANCE SHEET
 DR. GWILYM DAVID BLUNT , LECTURER IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AT THE CITY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
It’s been more than a year since the UK gave the
Left the European Union. During the transition period it was
but easy to lose sight of this momentous event,
especially in light of the silent carnage that the Covid-19 pandemic
in the country. This beneficial illusion vanished into thin air
when the transition period ended on January 1, 2021.
Boris Johnson’s “deal” with the European Union was made in
Pro-Brexit circles as a brilliant triumph of British diplomacy
touted. But while trucks are jammed in Kent, companies are struggling with delivery bottlenecks and consumers are struggling with import fees
groan and some shelves in grocery stores are noticeably empty
have become, the reality of Brexit has now occurred.
Johnson’s desire to find a “Canadian style” agreement with
There is simply no point in meeting our closest trading partners. The
is not least because Canada has about 10% of its trade with the
EU handles almost half of UK trade while the EU does
matters. There are qualitatively different relationships. The status
quo will not be tenable; likely UK and will
the EU caught in a near-perpetual cycle of renegotiations
stay. Sartre said: “Hell, that’s the others”. In relation to
international politics could modify the sentence to read
be: “Hell, these are the other countries with which one
to negotiate international trade agreements ”.
Other than that, the recent excitement over the was wrong
estimated attempt of the EU to AstraZeneca at the expense of the United
Wringing more vaccinations into the kingdom is an unexpected lifeline
for the pro-Brexit movement. She made it possible for the virulent
europhobic press to return to their favorite pastime,
namely to pillory Brussels. However, there is one
real irony in leaving the European Union with the
Justification to justify that it is their interests
Member states aggressively defended.
Dr. Ida JUNKER
Senior international consultant
PPOOL media – communications
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