Original title: Britain’s “Brexit” for a hundred days, deep in “eventful spring”
According to comprehensive foreign media reports, the United Kingdom is currently experiencing an “eventful spring”: the death of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, triggered a crisis in the royal family and discussions on the abolition of the royal family; Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, has riots for many days; Scotland will again be independent in the future. The possibility of a referendum is increasing… In the context of “Brexit”, severe epidemics and economic recession, British society is facing a serious crisis.
Contradictions broke out
The British royal family has caused controversy in a row recently. According to the Guardian, the news of Prince Philip’s death continued to “dominate the screen” in the British media, causing public dissatisfaction; among them, the British Broadcasting Corporation occupies a large amount of prime time to broadcast related reports, which caused more than 110,000 complaints, a record high in the number of complaints. .
In addition to the royal crisis, a greater risk of national secession is also brewing in the UK.
The British “Daily Mail” stated that the violent riots centered on Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, lasted more than a week. Masked demonstrators threw a large number of incendiary bombs and rocks at the police, while the police rarely deployed water cannon trucks. At present, 88 policemen have been injured. The US Consumer News and Business Channel stated that the riots were mainly caused by the conflict between the pro-British Protestant unificationists and the Catholic Irish nationalists. Despite the suspension of the riots, the long-standing sectarian and political differences in Northern Irish society are difficult to bridge.
At the same time, the possibility of Scotland seeking independence is also on the rise. The 2021 Scottish Parliament elections will be held on May 6. Polls from many organizations show that the Scottish National Party, which requires independence, will win a majority of seats in the parliament in this election. The leader of the party, Nicola Sturgeon,’s campaign proposal is to hold a second independence referendum to lead Scotland. Return to the European Union.
In January this year, the UK officially ended the “Brexit” transition period and withdrew from the European single market. The Russian television station “Channel 5” stated that “Britain is on the verge of a civil war.”
“Brexit” as a catalyst
Why did the contradictions erupt in the UK at this time? Ding Chun, director of the Center for European Studies at Fudan University, pointed out that British society has long been discussing the legitimacy of the royal family and the centrifugal tendency of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and friction is an inevitable trend. “Brexit” has intensified conflicts and, coupled with the impact of some recent incidents, has led to frequent social conflicts.
Regarding the Northern Ireland issue, Wang Shuo, a professor at the School of International Relations at Beijing Foreign Studies University, pointed out that April 10 was the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement, which ended the long-term political and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. However, “Brexit” has brought back waves of the conflict that had been quelled, especially the provisions on the border of Northern Ireland in the Brexit agreement, which increased the border inspections of goods shipped from the British mainland to Northern Ireland, and actually made Northern Ireland ” “Isolated Special Zone” was strongly opposed by the Northern Irish unificationists.
Regarding the Scottish issue, Ding Chun said that Scotland’s long-term pursuit of “Brexit” has complicated economic interests behind it. “Brexit” has given Scotland a reason to mention independence.
“Regardless of Northern Ireland, Scotland, or the royal family, Britain seems to be’fire’ everywhere, but in fact it is the fault of’Brexit’.” Wang Shuo said.
The problem is short-term difficult to solve
“In the future, British society will still be in a period of confusion after the’Brexit’. The conflicts and sectarian disagreements between the British central government and the local government will exist for a long time.” Wang Shuo pointed out that the EU and the United Kingdom are economic, political, and military. There will also be rifts due to “Brexit”.
According to Efee News Agency, one hundred days after Britain’s formal “Brexit”, trade flows in the English Channel experienced a historic decline. The cooperation between the United Kingdom and the European Union has also been further complicated by the United Kingdom’s unilateral decision on the issue of Northern Ireland and the delivery of vaccines. According to a report in the Financial Times, the European Commission has opposed Britain’s participation in a legal agreement to resolve cross-border disputes on the grounds that the United Kingdom is neither a member of the European Economic Area nor the European Free Trade Association.
Ding Chun said that “Brexit” has caused a shock to the British economy, while the epidemic has aggravated economic changes and unstable public sentiment, making the British government unable to pay attention to each other. It will take time for British society to return to normal. However, as the global economy recovers, if the UK can cautiously deal with the epidemic and various social issues, and handle its foreign economic and trade relations, the social situation in the UK may be improved.
“The UK has now tasted the taste of’Brexit’.” Wang Shuo said, “While enjoying sovereignty, the UK must also bear the corresponding price. This price may be due to international relations, economic development, and even domestic public sentiment. Long-term impact.”
(Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition)
(Editor in charge: DF532)
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