First of all, a quick introduction; my name is Till and I am a German business student from Hamburg. I was presented with the opportunity to do a placement with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics at their Lichfield UK head office – naturally, I embraced the chance. I am currently in the second month of my three-month internship and I have already gained some valuable insights on the UK business and English way of life especially.
In my experience, English people are very open-minded, friendly and very accommodating. Quickly I was given my responsibilities and integrated into office as well as private activities. Nevertheless, I noted that the Brexit situation is seemingly not really on anybody’s agenda at the moment, even though it seems to be closer to actually taking place than ever before. I have also observed that the German public and German news services, in particular, are way more interested in Brexit affairs and everything happening around it. The general consensus in the UK appears to be that people are tired of the political back and forth and wants results.
With Germany’s split history in mind – even though it was for other reasons – I think it is of critical importance to represent every part of the country’s interests to prevent the nation from dividing.
Boris Johnson, the newly elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s attempt of uniting the political landscape in the country during his first month in office failed dramatically. He was faced with massive resistance towards his hard-line and ‘No-Deal’ Brexit policy. Boris Johnson is not willing to agree on a deal unless the Irish backstop is removed. He will not compromise on this. This, on the other hand, will not be agreed on by the European Union committee; therefore the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit draws closer and closer.
The UK has to be very aware of the Ireland – Northern Ireland situation and try to keep both sides as evenly tempered as possible to avoid a flare-up of the conflicts.
During his travels Boris Johnson stopped over in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland to promote his political agenda as the UK`s Prime Minister while simultaneously beating the publicity drum for the No-Deal Brexit arrangements. Rather unsurprisingly it emerges from a recent survey that this agenda does not have the strongest following wind in any part of the country except for England, the United Kingdom`s political, economic and educational powerhouse.
Wales is often synonymous with agriculture; with more than 50,000 of its roughly 3 million inhabitants employed in the sector, it is highly dependent on EU subsidies. Under EU governance, Welsh rural communities benefit from £1.157 billion in funding to support businesses, farmers, the countryside, and communities. The loss of these aid payments would drastically endanger their existence according to Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford. Johnson couldn’t provide a substantial solution for this problem and avoided addressing the matter; opting to refer to new possibilities of shaping the agricultural development of the country.
Scottish political opinion shifted during the Brexit affairs. While in 2014 55% of Scottish inhabitants wanted to remain part of the UK, in 2016 62% of Scots wanted to remain in the European Union. In my opinion, the logical consequence of this would be a second independence referendum.
I am aware of the fact that all of this is merely speculation of what could happen in the future. Nonetheless, it just shows how divided the country is at the moment and the main goal should be to stick closer together and keep every party’s interest in mind.