After months of speculation, British PM Theresa May has finally signalled that she is ready to trigger Article 50 on March 29 - thus beginning the process of Britain's (hard) exit from the European Union. This long and complicated process could take as much as two years to complete.
Last year, on June 23, Britain voted to leave the EU with 51.9 pc voting in favour of the decision. The aftermath of the referendum was nothing but chaos as the British pound took a hit and EU signalled that Britain won't get favourable trade deals after leaving the single market.
But the process to leave is not simple. Nobody knows what to expect as Article 50 does not outline specific steps for the withdrawal. The major issues that Britan would have to tackle are balancing trade deals and migration, forging its new position in the global economy now that it does not have the same weight that it used to, and in a broader view justify its decision to leave EU in the first place.
Unlike the close referendum last year, the reactions are more on the negative side today as Britain has started to realise what it stands to lose. Have a look at the Twitter reactions below:
Theresa May is delivering Hard Brexit to keep her party happy & keep herself in power... She knows it was the voting intention of about 10m. pic.twitter.com/B7DjA76fEt— ❄ Marie-Ann ❄ (@MarieAnnUK) March 20, 2017
Looks like the alt-right's "the EU will fall apart after Brexit" line isn't playing out as they expected. pic.twitter.com/YlcyaMJoxu— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond) March 20, 2017
Brexiters have conveniently forgotten that Theresa May warned about the perils of Brexit.— James Melville (@JamesMelville) March 20, 2017
Here's a reminder...pic.twitter.com/qqHpagJKuN
fire the starting gun for Brexit! pic.twitter.com/arwE6NV5T2— Alan White (@aljwhite) March 20, 2017
ah I see the brexit article on wikipedia has been updated pic.twitter.com/GY6trDTpni— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) March 20, 2017
BREXIT: No.10 confirm Coldplay are to perform at triggering of Article 50 ceremony to, you know, REALLY piss people off.— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) March 20, 2017
"Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week." pic.twitter.com/jdcWyMlVDL— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) March 20, 2017
Quick guide to Brexit:— Self Vertroue ???????? (@Selfvertroue91) March 20, 2017
1. Vote leave
2. Google 'what is eu'
3. Pay the price
Brexit could also revive Scotland's Independence demand:
If & when there is another Scots referendum, I hope Brexit has fully bitten the UK on the arse & Scots see sense this time.— Rosie (@TheRosie) March 20, 2017
RT Brexit: An independent Scotland would have a "friendly reception" across Europe, Alex Salmond says … pic.twitter.com/LQrhqFXC62— Swiss International (@swissifg) March 14, 2017
To be fair, though, Britain was never truly a part of the EU. This wonderful infographic by AFP news agency explains Britain's turbulent relationship with the EU:
As Britain leaves EU, it's reaction was more comparable to that of a refugee (Oh, the irony!) escaping evil rulers than someone finding his way back home.