2020: “EU, EU, (So Bad We’re Leaving Twice)”
The double-bonus for Brexiteers in the first year of the new decade
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Make no mistake about it, 2020 will be a monumental year for Brexit
On Monday in just four days’ time, Twelfth Night will have passed, Christmas will be over, and Epiphany starts.
If readers follow Anglican tradition, they will be taking down their Christmas decorations by midnight on Sunday. It will then be time to get serious about the year ahead.
In 2020, we will finally leave the EU – not once but twice
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary
This coming year should contain the following defining moments:-
- 11pm on Friday, 31 Jan 2020 - The Withdrawal Treaty will come into force and the United Kingdom will technically no longer be a member of the European Union.
- 11pm on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 – This is the deadline by which any extension to the Transition Period must be agreed. If this deadline passes with no extension agreed – as Boris Johnson has promised - this leads to the next defining moment.
- 11pm on Thursday 31 Dec 2020 – The Transition Period will end. The UK will no longer be subject to the full panoply of EU laws, regulations, and directives. The United Kingdom will once again be a free, independent, and sovereign nation.
Note: There are many caveats to the above, and a great many aspects which will require absolute vigilance if the UK is truly to become free of the EU, but now is not the time for these.
The end of the 30-year war
Finally, after a 30-year battle for many patriotic people starting with the lead-up to the Maastricht Treaty at the beginning of the 1990s, the year 2020 will mark the start of Brexit and the end to the forced integration of the British people into an EU superstate.
It was the Maastricht Treaty which established the European Union and created “European citizenship”. It also established a common foreign and security policy and crucially laid the foundations for the creation of the common currency: the Euro.
The British people were given no direct say over this fundamental change in the status of their own country.
A monumental year for the United Kingdom
It is no exaggeration to describe 2020 as an epiphany in the status of the United Kingdom in the World.
As things stand, the UK will exit the EU formally (but not in practical terms) on Friday, 31 Jan 2020. We will then fully exit again on Thursday 31 Dec 2020, when the Transition Period ends.
Until the Transition Period ends, the United Kingdom will be a colony of the EU, condemned to obeying its laws, to taking its people, and to paying its bills. During this time the UK will have no say over anything the EU decrees, and will have no veto over anything.
Nonetheless, Brexiteers can still look forward to and celebrate two epic moments in 2020.
2020: “EU, EU, (So Bad We’re Leaving Twice)”
In this coming year we must be optimistic. Let’s face it, the future looks very bright compared to any of the last 30 years, and in particular to where we all were under the disastrous government of Mrs May only six months ago.
With apologies to the native New Yorker and singer-songwriter Gerard Kenny, and to paraphrase his famous song "New York, New York, (So Good They Named It Twice)", the EU really is so bad that we have to leave it twice.
To put a positive spin on this,
at least we get two great moments to celebrate in this year of 2020
- The moment the UK is no longer officially a member of the EU - Friday, 31 Jan 2020
- The moment the UK is no longer subject to all EU laws and obligations - Thursday 31 Dec 2020
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