British Prime Minister Theresa May, right,  with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels.(Photo: AP)
  • 1. How Did Britain Get Here?
  • 2. What Is At Stake?
  • 3. What’s The Sticking Point?
  • 4. Will The EU Budge?
  • 5. What Happens Next?
Stumbling Bloc: How Did Brexit Become Such A Mess?

Tuesday, 11 December, was supposed to be the day that Britain’s battle over Brexit was resolved.

Parliament was supposed to approve a plan painstakingly worked out by Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union for Britain’s orderly departure from the 28-nation bloc.

But the road out of the EU has been anything but smooth as Britain heads for the Brexit ramp. Britain joined the European Economic Community — now the EU — in 1973, but has long been an ambivalent member.

Tuesday’s vote was postponed by May, who acknowledged that a “significant majority” of lawmakers would oppose it. Instead, she spent the day shuttling through European capitals, seeking changes to the deal to try to win over skeptical legislators before Britain leaves the EU on 29 March.

  • 1. How Did Britain Get Here?

    Britain joined the European Economic Community — now the EU — in 1973, but has long been an ambivalent member. The UK never adopted the euro as its currency, and British politicians have been cool to the bloc's calls for ever-closer political union.

    In 2013, then-Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to hold a referendum on Britain's EU membership "to settle this European question" once and for all.

    He was confident voters would choose to remain, but on 23 June, 2016, they voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave. Cameron resigned, leaving his successor, May, to carry out the monumental move. Last year, May triggered the two-year countdown to departure for 29 March, 2019.

    The Bank of England has warned that a worst-case “no deal” Brexit would plunge Britain into the worst recession for decades.

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