Brexit - Britain's Exit from the European Union
Do you say 'Breggsit' or 'Brecksit'? Some people roll the 'e' around the mouth, making it sound like warm and fluffy scrambled eggs. Others sound it out hard like a brick wall.
As Britain prepares to exit from the European Union will we find ourselves in two years' time stuck to the bottom of the pan and will Britain be toast? Or will we be smiling, and say byebye to EU regulations whilst sitting down to a great British breakfast of British bacon, British eggs, British tomatoes, British marmalade and the quintessential British cup of tea?
The bacon may come from a British pig, but its feed could be subject to new tariffs, and vetinary products that keep it healthy will fall out of EU regulatory regimes. Likewise the tomatoes and the marmalade. These changes will have implications for the price we pay and for food safety. Similarly, there will be implications for other industries, as Britain's business lobby, the CBI has said.
Brexit is not just about walking out of the house and slamming the door. It is about fundamental changes to the way our country operates. The EU is an integral part of an international system and breaking away means that a massive web of international business that supports our most basic needs like food, will rip in places we did not even know existed.
So how might Britain fare under Brexit? This blog will explore the Brexit process and the policy challenges it raises.
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If you are following the Brexit discussions around telecoms and technology policy, you may like my book The Closing of the Net.