The UK is in a political funk. 52% of the voters voted for remain parties. And yet the results show a sweeping victory for the "Get Brexit Done" party. The country could use political reforms. But I don't see them coming.
If Brexit will happen, Scotland will break away. Northern Ireland might also. Europe is the "country" they might choose.
I think Boris Johnson and Donald Trump attempting a trade deal will be quite a horror show. The National Health Service will be part of the discussion. That will cause a lot of churn.
Socialism makes people uncomfortable. People clearly did not like the idea of someone like Corbyn coming anywhere close to 10 Downing Street. I think the vote was more about that than Brexit. Although clarity of message always helps. BoJo had great clarity. Corbyn was all over the map on the message. Was he for Brexit? Against? Was he for a second referendum?
This is a democratic downsizing of Britain. People are choosing this.
Plenty of Brits of South Asian origin are next in line for power. BoJo was London Mayor. So is Sadiq. BoJo's cabinet colleagues are several Indians. England + Wales might end up with a brown Prime Minister before 2030. That is one extrapolation.
It is still not computing. A hard Brexit will bring all sorts of horrors. I think, despite this vote, the negotiations with Europe will simply continue. A hard Brexit will form bread lines in England.
Britain's Brexit and the US-China trade war both point out the need for WTO reform. They don't suggest ending trade.
Most people lining up to replace Corbyn are women. I think that is positive.
There are those who are saying Labour lost this election, as well as the next one. One can't be so sure about that. Now BoJo has to deliver. That is the hard part. A clean Brexit is a fantasy, not a smart option. Britain has never been an island.
As for ideology, it is not that the market does not work. The market is not being allowed to work. Crony capitalism, bought capitalism is causing market distortions. It is not that democracy does not work. Democracy is not being allowed to work. A centrist leader who understands the implications of the impending fourth industrial revolution could build a counterweight. I have no idea who that is, or if someone of that description is waiting in the wings even.
In the US that might be a Pete-Yang ticket.
In the meantime, the world flirts with a willful global recession. You can badger trade for only so long before it has been too long.
What does Britain know and understand that France and Germany do not? All three are similar size economies.
The percentage of votes won by ‘Remain’ parties is very triggering https://t.co/farThzUdMp— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) December 13, 2019
Indian candidates register strong result in UK General Election https://t.co/Qki6wMfRHB— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) December 13, 2019
https://t.co/A7YfjMdIcR Opinion: Boris wins, but the UK loses— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) December 13, 2019
Brexit will be no walk in the park for Boris Johnson https://t.co/Tj7AwmIVJB— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) December 13, 2019
European leaders on Friday welcomed the clarity of the British election result, since they, too, want to “get Brexit done.” But few except Boris Johnson expect the talks to be quick or easy. https://t.co/oj17Mgfpjr— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2019
A victory for the politics of division and a spectacular own goal for the extreme centre who chose to conduct a war of attrition against J. Corbyn's sensible Brexit, while treating Leavers & democracy with contempt. Little Englandism triumphed vs a genuinely United Kingdom.— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) December 13, 2019
U.K. Election Result Starts Clock on Brexit Talks With E.U. Few expect the negotiations on the country’s future trade and security relationship with the bloc to be quick or easy........... European leaders on Friday welcomed the clarity of the British election result, since they, too, want to “get Brexit done.” But Boris Johnson’s substantial majority will only start the clock on new negotiations about Britain’s future trading and security relationship with the European Union. ....... Few except Mr. Johnson expect the talks to be quick or easy. They can be quick, Brussels argues, if Britain agrees to keep its regulations and tariffs the same or very close to those of the bloc.......... But European leaders, in Brussels for the last day of a summit meeting, remain unsure whether Mr. Johnson, with his resounding mandate to ratify his Brexit deal by the end of January, will stick to his campaign pledge to finish any trade negotiation with the European Union by the end of 2020, or whether he will choose next summer to seek a year’s delay for longer talks.........
So long as the two sides are negotiating, Britain will be in a “transition” period, with its relationship with the European Union essentially unchanged, even if it will legally have ceased to be a member....... Brussels, in its conclusions on Brexit, is demanding a future relationship that “will have to be based on a balance of rights and obligations and ensure a level playing field.” That is Brussels-speak for British regulations and rules that do not diverge too far from Europe’s........ But if Mr. Johnson wants a free hand to make trade deals with the United States and other countries and to position Britain as more of a low-tax, light-regulation economy, Brussels will demand a tougher set of trade restrictions, unwilling to have a large competitor so close with significantly more favorable conditions for business and finance........ Mr. Johnson may favor a hard deadline, but that will put Britain, which will soon be negotiating from outside rather than inside the European Union, into a weaker position ......
The risk is that a quick trade negotiation, considered almost a contradiction in terms by trade experts, could fail, bringing Britain and Brussels back to the prospect of a “no deal” Brexit....... Many British businesspeople — and presumably some of the new Conservative Party members of Parliament from the industrial north of England — will want to be able to trade with Brussels with as little friction and paperwork as possible. That would mean closer alignment to the European Union than harder-line Brexiters advocate........ Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, has managed his key goal: preventing the restoration of a hard border on the island with Northern Ireland. But he also wants to preserve close ties in a future relationship, he said on Friday — “a trade deal or trade deal plus” — to “ensure that we still have a tariff-free trade between Britain and the E.U. and a set of minimum standards.” ........ Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary insisted that the less-affluent countries of Central Europe must get generous financial guarantees. “We cannot allow Brussels bureaucrats to have poor people and poor countries to pay the costs of the fight against climate change,” he said.
‘No ifs, no buts’: Johnson vows to get Brexit done after sweeping election win