Love it or hate it, Brexit here and it is happening. Although, it has taken longer to implement than Pro-Brexitor’s have hoped.
The vote happened in the middle of 2016, approximately three years ago. Moreover, the vote won for leaving the EU narrowly, winning with just 52%. While it was never expected to be a simple exit, the three years since the vote has brought many debates and political tensions, The results of Brexit will affect migration, security, and money.
How will Brexit, the British’s infamous exit from the European Union, impact the world? This is a question thousands of people are asking, and more specific questions like “what will Brexit’s effect on EHIC be?” and other vital questions are needing to be addressed.
Britain’s exit from the EU could change many things, but here is a list of seven things that could change after Brexit happens.
- Data Protection
Data protection and privacy laws are areas that could be effected after Brexit. The rules governing data protection, and how data is gathered and used in the EU, are strict and specific. However, once Brexit leaves the EU, they will not be subject to these laws anymore. The UK will have to come up with new news on data and privacy, and these are not likely to be the same as the EU’s laws.
However, the UK may try to emulate the current EU laws regarding data and privacy. This, however, will depend on the UK officials and how they vote in the matter.
How will this impact the rest of the world? Well, because British citizens may not have the same data protection as other EU countries, there may be new rules to abide by. These rules would be for both British citizens but mainly for other companies and online businesses trying to do business with the UK. Aspects such as backups, privacy, data storage, and even processing could be affected.
- The United Kingdom Itself Could Change
The UK includes a variety of different countries, including Scotland. However, what happens if one of the countries, labeled under the ‘UK’ umbrella, votes to remain in the EU. But Britain has voted to leave.
Where does that leave the UK? It leaves the United Kingdom divided. It means a smaller United Kingdom. If countries like Scotland are given a choice between remaining a part of the UK or remaining a part of the EU, and they choose to remain a member of the EU, where does that leave the UK?
The results would have far-reaching consequences and would affect aspects of businesses, data laws, and just about every sector you can imagine.
- The End to Free Movement
Theresa May has promised that Brexit will lead to the ending of free movement. Free movement describes how people from. Other countries within the European Union are able to move to Britain and work there. And, it also represents the ability for British citizens to move in and around Europe freely. The issue of immigration is seen as a threat by some British citizens, and these very citizens are applauding and supporting Brexit for this very reason. However, there are also young British citizens who enjoy the prospect of traveling and possibly working in other European countries.
- The Effect on the Irish Border
There is an invisible line between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is a part of the UK, while Ireland is a block state member. This ‘invisible line’ is considered a land border, and is the only one that Britain has with the European Union. This has spurred debates, concerns, and questions surrounding the topic. What will happen with the Irish border?
According to the New York Times, the aim is to avoid border checkpoints. This is mainly because of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, and checkpoints and barriers set up along the border would be seen as going against that agreement. This agreement is crucial because it helped to ease the tension in Northern Ireland, a tension that subjugated citizens to decades of violence and fear. What has become known as the ‘Irish Backstop’ is one of the most significant hurdles for Brexit.
- Technology business between the US and Britain could be Affected
At the moment, the USA and the EU are busy negotiating a framework that could be used for businesses. This framework, known as the Privacy Shield, focuses on how personal data will be transferred between US business and UE businesses. However, what will happen if Britain is no longer subject to this agreement? The subject is complicated and could have adverse effects for technology businesses in both the United States as well as within the United Kingdom.
- Workers will be Left in the Cold
Companies and businesses in the European Union can have workers come and go freely, as long as their country is part of the EU. With the UK leaving the EU, there will be many businesses, companies, and workers that will have to review their working situation. Some UK companies may seek a solution by letting go of employees, or they may have to apply for whatever document the UK will demand that they will have.
At the moment, it is unclear what paperwork non-UK workers (but still European) will be required to have if they work legally in the UK. The same can be surmised for British and UK citizens living and working in other EU-member countries.
Britain’s exit from the European Union is significant for many reasons. One of those reasons is because Britain exports many products in the European zone. This makes the rest of Europe one of Britain’s most significant source of foreign investment.
According to a report published in the New York Times, the majority of Pro Brexitors were citizens that comprised the older generations. Interestingly enough, the same poll showed that London was more inclined to remain in the EU, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland. A detail of the vote shows that the vast majority of the younger generations voted to stay in the European Union.