Article 50, the bill that gives instructions as to how a country might leave the EU, was only drawn up in 2007, 14 years after the EU was first established in the Netherlands. The Article was precautionary, comprising of a few basic points with no detailed instructions. It’s as if the UK is building an entirely new library, except they don’t have any books to fill it with, or any sort of order system to begin to try and fill it. David Davis, with his lofty title “Secretary of State for Leaving the EU”, is, quite literally, making it up as he goes along.
Brexit has had a great hand in mobilising the youth vote, something proven by the general election that took place last June. But Brexit has become very disengaging very quickly. It’s not surprising; how do you keep something no one will know anything about for at least two years fresh, new and persistently relevant? We live in a fast-moving digital age, where content is essential in keeping something at the forefront of the public’s mind.
Boris Johnson spoke on Brexit last week, blundering with empty nationalistic lines such as “[Brexit] is a form of self-government, of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Many critics were disappointed with his lackluster speech, deducing it to comical analogies such as:
“Doctor Johnson reached into his big, soft bag and rummaged around. ‘Let’s see if we have something to help you’…And brought out a pack of old aspirations, a couple of hints of big things to come, a reference to the Babylonians and a used peroration.”
Amongst all these tedious ‘know-nothing’ performances, the younger generation ask a very simple, relevant question: ‘When we finally leave the EU, will the referendum result even count?’
Femi Oluwole, the leader of a new campaign to reverse Brexit, made the following observation: “The under-55 population of the UK voted to Remain, so in five years time, by absolutely anyone’s maths, we have a population that voted to remain in the EU. And in that time, will we have completed Brexit?…Can you relegislate the UK in five years? No.”
"Our future, our choice" – a campaign has been set up for young people who believe Brexit should be stopped pic.twitter.com/CGQU58Sm3m
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 13, 2018
How valid will the referendum result on Brexit be when it’s finally implemented? This is bearing in mind that we are in the two-year negotiation period now, but we still have another two-year ‘implementation period’ to go after that.
It seems as though we are in for a shock when Brexit finally, actually, really happens. Whatever the outcome, it will be new, unexpected and unprecedented, which means there is no way we can really prepare for it. We can question it, the morality of Brexit a constant topic up for debate, but the vote won’t change. Now it’s a waiting game, a period of uncertainty, until we physically leave the EU.