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The game of unknowns - Brexit is coming

Marlene Outrim

Marlene Outrim

It is more than 1,000 days since the result of the EU referendum that saw Britain vote to leave the EU. 

As I write, we are no nearer knowing whether we will leave or stay, and everything seems to be pointing to another 1,000 days of uncertainty and further delays.

However, with all the political conflict that is now far more apparent in the major parties and with the regular media reporting, it has left me, and I imagine thousands more like me, frustrated, fed up and wanting action one way or the other.

Is Prime Minister Theresa May playing a clever game by sticking to her guns and being determined to get her deal through, regardless of the critics and opposers?

Meanwhile, the EU shows no willingness to relax its position and seems prepared to make an example of the UK. And the EU can persist in saying ‘Non’ as it is not in its interests to see Britain leave.

It was thought that on March 29 we would either stay or leave, deal or no-deal, although parliament has already voted narrowly against ‘no deal’. But now we have been granted an extension or two, depending on what the prime minister can get passed or not, in parliament. 

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, has stated that there must be a concrete deal.

Meanwhile, Mrs May fights for her political life – and it now seems to be all about her and not Brexit at all, with a plot to oust her, which currently senior ministers deny. 

Lengthy talks at Chequers with prominent Brexiteers seems not to have had much impact. At the weekend, it is claimed one million people joined the protest in London, calling for a second referendum. I dread to think of the implications of this if such a vote went the other way. And more than 4 million people have signed a petition demanding that Article 50 be revoked.

Whatever happens next – and on such I would not dare speculate – as you read this, matters may have become clearer. And then again, pigs might fly.

Marlene Outrim is managing director of Uniq Family Wealth