Brexit day is looming, and we still do not know what Brexit will look like.
We currently have a parliament in deadlock over what MPs want from Brexit, and we have amendments being voted on left, right, and centre in an attempt to reach some sort of compromise which would see us leave the EU with a deal.
Front and centre to all this is the Conservative Party, with Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement being the issue that so many are opposed to. Brexit has had a detrimental impact on relations within the Party, so the question now is that after Brexit, what comes next for the Party? There is no other way of putting this other than for the past two years, Conservative Party Policy, despite some exceptions, has been dominated by Brexit.
However, one begs the question that given the cornerstone policy for the past 24 months has been Brexit, what happens next? Throughout the negotiating process, there have been talks of how once Brexit is all but completed, more should be done to address the concerns of those who voted to leave in 2016.
Areas such as the NHS, social care, housing prices are all major areas where government funding and intervention is being requested on a regular basis, and if we are to look at helping those communities that voted leave in 2016, issues such as these need to be the next area of focus for government policy.
Government policy over the coming years must not be carried out through the prism of making Brexit a success, that should be taken care of, but instead it should look at lifting those communities who have been left behind in the North of England and the Valley communities in Wales, as these are the communities who largely voted to leave, in an attempt to make their voices heard in Westminster, which seems a world away from the old industrial heartlands of Britain.
In a post-Brexit world, Britain will ultimately face a number of short-term challenges, as it steps out onto a global stage on its own since joining the EEC in the early seventies. This is an opportunity therefore that the government should seize with both hands. The opportunity of being able to work with emerging economies around the world, especially in the Far East and Africa should be welcomed and actively sought. Furthermore, the opportunity for businesses in the UK to expand their markets overseas. That being said, if we are to succeed, we have to prove to businesses that they will have the ability to trade around the world, and with the EU, and continue being at a competitive level.
Another consideration for Britain post-Brexit is the establishment of a fully workable CANZUK agreement. The nations that comprise CANZUK already have 18 universities within the top 50 worldwide and our security services are already interlinked via the Five Eyes alliance.
Furthermore, a fully implemented CANZUK would allow for citizens of the four nations involved to travel, work, live etc. within the four nations, without going through the laborious task of obtaining a travel/work visa.
Alongside this, the CANZUK nations already share laws, customs, culture, and parliamentary democracy, thus offering an almost seamless transition in more comprehensive and wide-ranging trade agreements.
If the Conservative Party is to remain the party of government and prosper in a post-Brexit world, then it must switch its focus from the prism of Brexit to a much broader global vision, looking to the emerging markets of the world, and strengthen ties with our Commonwealth partners.