On June 23, 2016, the UK voted in a referendum on the stark question, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union?” The shocking result, by 52 percent to 48 percent, was in favor of leaving. So began an unprecedented national convulsion of historic (and even “hysteric”) proportions, as a protracted and tortuous process of disentanglement began.
It’s a bit like a divorce. Once it is clear a marriage is over, then comes the painful process of negotiating the terms of the divorce. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty states that a member country that wishes to leave the EU must officially inform the European Council, from which date negotiations can begin, and should be concluded within a two-year time frame. Article 50 was formally invoked by Britain at the end of March 2017 following extensive parliamentary debate and a successful vote in favour of officially launching Brexit. “Divorce” proceedings then began in earnest, with every prospect of being difficult and challenging.
This raises a monumental question: Can Britain survive and thrive outside the EU, or does this painful and complex “divorce” herald the death knell of a once-great nation? Will it be a self-destructive meltdown inflicting irreparable harm for generations to come? For a clear and forthright answer, you can read about Prime Minister Theresa May’s grand vision of a new “Global Britain” articulated by twelve simple objectives in her Brexit Speech of January 17, 2017.
Whether or not this successful future can be realised depends on surmounting four major hurdles. Let’s call them blessings, because Britain cannot continue to prosper without these blessings on the nation’s efforts.