The Brexit Compromise

Amber Wahab, Staff Writer

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For those of you who may not know what the brexit divorce is, it’s the departing of Britain from the European Union. On June 23rd, 2016 52% of Britain’s citizens voted to go through with the plan. In January of 2019 the parlement came to a decision and told prime minister, Theresa May, to negotiate other options with the EU instead of take the deal. However, on March 29th, 2019 it became clear that there was no other option than to go through with the separation. Now that brexit has become inevitable people are bringing to light some positive and negative outcomes of the divorce. A pro derived from this compromise is that Britain will undergo immediate cost savings and a con is that brexit will eliminate equal pay, maternity leave, and safe workplaces.

Britain pays around £13.1 billion every year in membership dues to the European Union, while only receiving £4.5 billion in return through spending. That means the nation experienced a loss of £8.6 billion almost every year. If you were to multiply that figure over a decade, the nation would loose around £86 billion. So essentially, seperating from the EU would save Britain an immense amount of money.

The European Union has taken initiative in providing equal benefits for women and minority populations within all of its countries. Yet, once the divorce follows through, there won’t be the same protections against discrimination as there are now. This disadvantage could impact Britain tremendously for various rights would vanish with the proceeding of Brexit. These rights include “four weeks of guaranteed annual leave for workers, regulated break times and working hours that prevent more than 48 hours of labor per week, four months of paid parental leave, including additional protections for workers who are pregnant, worker protections that apply when businesses change ownership.”

 

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