Europeans in the UK are a lot less worried about Brexit than you might think
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“For two years Romania and Bulgaria have strategically disposed millions of human power around the island. If the Government doesn't take control we'll all come here and the UK is going to sink under our combined weight. That's what's all about. The game is on!” I’m quoting myself here. That’s what I posted on Facebook when the last news of Theresa May’s plans about negotiating Brexit and the art of triggering the now-so-widely-known Article 50 came out. Okay, it may not sound serious - but it sounds as believable as the wave of news that’s been sweeping around in the last half month (or since June if we really want to be that sceptical). Let us think for a minute. All we have so far are speculations. The truth is, there is no way of predicting what Brexit will bring to the people of the UK and the EU, and it will be a continuous process, legally set to go for up to two years. Of course, there have been promises. Do we still remember that £350 million a week that was supposed to go for the NHS, but somehow turned out to be as real as leprechaun gold? Or stopping the possible - yes possible, not certain - five million economic migrants that were to come from Turkey by 2030, once Turkey had been made part of the EU? Only, Turkey has not came any closer to becoming part of the EU in the last 40 years, since it was first offered membership for first time in 1963. Immigration, or more specifically, limiting it, has been the spine of the Leave EU campaign since its start and now it seems to be the only matter discussed in the news and by the current British government. Not how much it would cost to leave the EU, or what will replace the Human Rights Act (British Bill of Rights, amirite?). It’s just immigration - questions on “when will THEY finally leave?”, “why are THEY still coming?”, “when are you closing the borders for THEM?” And that is exactly what I’ve grown so tired of reading about and listening to and answering questions from my ever so curious British co-workers about. So, let’s try to explain, as much as possible what we know so far, as facts. First, Great Britain has not left the EU yet. There was a referendum, which expressed the nation's willingness to do so. Then, there will be the eventual triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This will mean negotiations have started, but Britain will still be a member of the EU until the “official divorce” date. Triggering Article 50 will mean there is a firm decision to leave, but it’s not the act itself. So, we have first, the willingness (referendum), then the decision (Article 50), then the act (leave date). Therefore as a European country the UK will have to keep to European legislation until officially out. Anything else would be considered illegal. Surprising much?
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