Another Brexit Day is here. There will likely be more, at least one.
Brexit is not happening on 31 October after all. Today was going to be the day the United Kingdom left the European Union. Just like 31 March 2019.
So where are we now? Here are some facts:
- It is now 1,226 days since the June 2016 date that the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
- It is now 949 days since Article 50 was invoked.
- It s now 219 days since the original date planned for Brexit to happen (29 March 2019).
Now we are looking forward to seeing the next steps on Brexit. A 'flextension' and delay of article 50 has been agreed to maximum 31 January 2020.
Between now and then, there will be a national general election on December 12. A new Parliament will decide on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
The clock is ticking. Again.
As they say, it ain't over until the fat lady sings...or was it - until Brexit has passed the House of Commons?
Lars Karlsson, CEO and MD KGH Global Consulting
Former Director World Customs Organization
Former Director Swedish Customs
Alternative Arrangements Commission Technical Panel Member
Author of the report “Smart Borders 2.0/2.1 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland” for the European Parliaments Constitutional Committee