An African Perspective to Brexit
Brexit a portmanteau of “British” and “exit” is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). On 23 June, 2016 Britain decided to seek a divorce from the European Union (EU). 29th March 2019 was marked as the prospective date for the final separation.
Following a referendum held on 23 June 2016 in which 51.9 percent of those voting supported leaving the EU, the Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, starting a two-year process which was due to conclude with the UK’s exit on 29 March 2019, a deadline which has since been extended to 31 October 2019.
There is a lot of confusion and excitement around this event due to its possible implications on economy, employment, trade, and much more, not only for the EU and the UK, but also for the world in general.
What is Brexit, why is there, why was there a need for it at all, we deliver here an understanding that you can grasp quickly.
‘Brexit’ came into use to indicate Britain’s exit from the EU, just like the term ‘Grexit’ that was coined to suggest the hypothetical situation of Greece leaving the Eurozone. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “Brexit” was introduced by Peter Wilding, the originator of the campaign ‘British Influence’, created to spread awareness about why the UK should stay with EU. It’s ironic that though the campaign did not serve its purpose, the term ‘Brexit’ caught popular fancy and continues to be used for denoting the event.
The 2016 EU referendum, where voters had to decide whether they were pro or anti Brexit, unveiled the bitter relationship between the EU and the UK. The European Economic Community, which eventually became to be known as the European Union or EU, was founded by the treaty of Paris in 1957. Luxembourg, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and West Germany became the member of this treaty. The idea was to strengthen economic bond between the European nations and reduce the risk of wars between them post World War II.
In 1963, Britain wanted to become its member. But the then President of France Charles de Gaulle rejected its plea as he was reportedly weary of the American influence on Britain. Also the danger that English could replace French as the main language deterred him. However, the UK successfully entered this treaty in 1973 after the President of France retired.
From there on, the issue whether UK should stay in the EU was raised many times. But in the recent times a few concerns expedited this event. It included:
- EU’s overpowering influence on the UK’s sovereignty
- Some Brussels regulations perceived as expensive to follow
- EU’s liberal migration policy affecting employment, education, and health systems in Britain
EU Referendum Vote / Brexit Poll
The EU referendum was organized because the then Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron (Conservative Party), had stated during 2015 general elections that he would work on renegotiating the terms of Britain’s membership to the EU and there would be an in-and-out public poll conducted to take into consideration people’s choice. Although all the political parties supported the notion of staying with the EU, 7 of the 23 members of the conservative party cabinet remained divided on the issue. They opposed the ‘Stay’ campaign. As a result, Cameron also gave permission to the ministers to choose their side openly during the poll.
On 23 June 2016, Britain voted on the matter whether it should continue to be a member of the EU. Overall 52% voted to exit the European Union and 48% voted to stay put. England (53.4%) and Wales (52.5%) supported the ‘Leave’ movement, whereas Scotland (62.0%) chose to go with the ‘Stay’ campaign. In the Brexit poll, over 30 million people participated.
One of the first effects of Britain’s exit from the EU was witnessed when Theresa May assumed the position of the Prime Minister of UK after David Cameron stepped down facing defeat in the referendum.
Theresa May did not support the idea of leaving the EU initially, but then she decided to go with the people’s choice. She is working on ‘Leave the EU’ process that would take around 2 years for full realization.
Another key impact of Brexit could be seen in the area of economy. Contrary to the popular belief that Britain’s economy would doom post exiting EU, its economy saw 1.8% growth in 2016 and continued with the same trajectory for 2017. A 4.3% drop was also noticed in the rate of unemployment. On the flip side, the rate of Inflation grew to 3.1% (the peak in almost six years). The Brexit’s stand at the moment has a great impact on the economy of the day in relations to trades and the survival of businesses, though those of us at Yetti’s Kitchen have been able to look closely at these divergent outlooks and come up with stellar resolutions to keep business running at optimum level.
The Brexit separation process is currently underway. We will be tracking all developments, as it has been extended till October 31, 2019. All these political and economic terminologies can make one have a “fog mind” so let’s see how we can simplify all that “BREXIT Represents at this time to an everyday relatable scenario in our present day life and era.
It could be liken to a romantic relationship between a couple that gets to that place of estrangement or lack of fulfillment where one or both parties want to exit the relationship and move on, on their own , seeking to keep, support, negotiate and protect their own interests.
Also, a married couple choosing to divorce after some time of being together and finding that in the long run things may not work due to medium or long term goals and desires that seemed minor before but have now found a stage spot as star lead coming from the back, to now want to take up a whole lot of space and needing to be sorted out before it blows up in a way that is unexpected.
Now, going to court or getting lawyers if they want to settle out of court but still have the necessary witnesses, becomes a need of going through all the motions, court proceedings or meetings at lawyers offices to resolve and settle controversies, discrepancies and the like, as there are many ways to resolve the same issue with its minor differences in different cases, basically because the partners want different things at this time and season, and need time to work out the modalities.
That’s the picture it gives at the moment with an adjournment till October 31st, 2019 for final hearing.
Despite all these unavoidable life circumstances that beset us each and every day, we at Yetti’s Kitchen have made it our life’s mission to keep quality and best services alive and ongoing regardless of perhaps daunting challenges down the path we have chosen.
As it is in life we choose a path and have a dream with an unswerving determination to make it a reality despite changes and unforeseen circumstances and governmental laws that affect the overall political, socio-economic climates of the times we live in, we have kept our why! Of doing what we do in view and have the necessary fuel to keep us going.
Furthermore, it is our desire to not just fulfill a dream and business system but to leave a lasting legacy in the sands of time saying we were here; we came, exited, created and conquered despite challenges and decisions of the government of our day and country, as Yettis love for cooking for friends, and family has extended to such levels that cooking with love and seeing that smile on a customer’s face as they savour the different tastes, smells and texture of food is something we live for at Yetti’s Kitchen each and every day. Being able to achieve that and have that joy of seeing and knowing you were a participant in creating that is a great delight at Yetti’s. Since history has it that it was a “Come chop with me” place at inception it was created for love by love and for the love of cooking for others to come together and have a good meal with good company and ambiance.
Moreover, we all know that, that which is created out of a love for people and helping or catering to people is something that has been proven time and time again to stand the test of time, weather the storms and make a comeback every single time something changes in our era, so I would gladly say come right down to Yetti’s Kitchen as the Quality of service, friendly relations, tastes, textures and smells of each meal that has been thought out meticulously will make you remember home fondly and want to spent more time with your loved ones in awesome companionship.