The demand for a referendum on the Czech Republic’s withdrawal from the European Union is certainly not one of the key topics in the election campaign, but does hover over the conversation and has been discussed frequently in a number of debates. It is mainly brought up by the right-wing Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) […]
A no-deal Brexit is now more likely than ever before, and it’s seemingly impossible to find any middle ground. But that’s how politics and the media are these days, drama to the very last minute with a sudden happy ending.
Now it is much clearer what the next Brexit steps are. The Brits want to leave the EU with a deal, changing the Irish backstop in an already negotiated proposal. Meanwhile, more delays and Labour’s alternative plan that may have led to a new referendum were rejected by Parliament.
The United Kingdom is an important export destination not only in terms of direct but also indirect exports. Hard Brexit could have tainted the Czech economy by tens of billions of crowns and tens of thousands of jobs, especially in the automotive industry.
“The best Brexit scenario would be the one in which Britons would decide to remain in the European Union,” said PM Mateusz Morawiecki during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The PM also alluded to the words of Donald Tusk that the Brexit referendum was stupid and not agreed upon.
“Brexit is not insanity, it is the struggle for the soul of Great Britain,” argues professor Marek A. Cichocki. He explained how hard Brexit has become the problem of not only London, but also Berlin and Paris.
It was the worst defeat for any British government in history. Prime Minister Theresa May achieved something almost impossible, she angered Parliament, political parties and most of her nation at the same time. Yet, dogged attacks against the poor little May are quite unfair.
Former president Václav Klaus, a controversial figure for many, is widely associated with Czech economic transformation. However, he will most likely be remembered for something else, the divorce of Czechoslovakia, which was in historical context unbelievably quiet and dignified.
According to economist Lukáš Kovanda, the UK´s Brexit plan is basically dead. The probability of the so-called hard Brexit without any agreement has increased, and this is not good news for the Czech Republic and its economy.
While the position of France and Germany will be strengthened by the departure of the UK from the European Union, the Czech Republic will lose its frequent ally. According to a Czech diplomat who wishes to remain anonymous, the Czech Republic will have to deal with unusual partners such as the Scandinavians, the Baltic States and Portugal.
The Czech Minister of the Interior, Social Democrat Jan Hamacek, prepared a bill for a hard Brexit option based on requests of all Ministries. In a worst-case scenario, it is just three months away and part of the opposition also calls for a quick adoption of the so-called lex Brexit. The Czech government approved the bill and sent it to parliament.
During the last four years of administration under Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU has not only been unable to fix its problems, but has created new ones. Law and Justice MEP Zbigniew Kuźmiuk evaluates the main failures of the current Brussels leadership.
Former president Václav Klaus shared his opinion on the previous year in an interview with ParlamentniListy.cz. Giving Hungary as an example, Klaus said that both the Czech Republic and the EU need politicians with clear minds and opinions. He also criticized the European Union for its behavior towards the UK.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki met with British PM Theresa May to discuss the future of Poles living in the UK after Brexit. Morawiecki outlined that the main goals are to maintain a good partnership, and free trade with Great Britain.
Boris Johnson, the UK’s former Foreign Secretary, is responsible for Theresa May’s current troubles, argues Jędrzej Bielecki. Referring to Johnson’s article in the “Daily Telegraph”, Bielecki outlines the tough dilemma with which the UK now finds itself.
The European Union is right when it claims that Great Britain cannot simultaneously participate in the single market, apply its own rules against third countries and create a couple of exceptions. Managing Brexit is not about punishing the Brits but the very basic principles of the European Union.
No one is holding the UK by force, but at the same time we’re constantly being reminded that now is an era of a hybrid warfare. And Brussels’ negotiators are trying to disrupt the British political scene.
The Sun depicts Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron as gangsters and dirty rats in front page news. TVP Info reminds us that former President Bronisław Komorowski praised Tusk’s nomination to European President, as “strengthening Poland’s position in Europe”.
The position of the United Kingdom and the European Union regarding Brexit are incompatible and it is very hard to reach a compromise. Because of the shortening time it is enough to fake an agreement rather than to actually make one, says Radovan Geist.
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