A clean break for BrexitCentral at the end of January

A clean break for BrexitCentral at the end of January

Happy New Year!

Of course, we greeted you at the beginning of 2019 noting that the year of our exit from the EU had finally arrived – but you need not be a devout reader of BrexitCentral to be aware that numerous interventions by anti-Brexit forces during the following months managed to scupper that particular timetable.

But as we write this today, following the election of a majority government indisputably committed to getting Brexit done, we can say with cast iron confidence that not only will we leave the EU this year, but specifically in 25 days’ time at the end of this very month.

It has been quite the rollercoaster ride for all of us at BrexitCentral since we began chronicling our journey out of the EU back in September 2016, less than twelve weeks after Vote Leave achieved that historic referendum victory.

And having won that referendum on a mission to take back control from Brussels, we vowed to provide our readers with a daily one-stop shop covering all you needed to know about the twists and turns of our departure from the EU.

That’s exactly what we have done, with more than 500 authors sharing their thoughts and analysis on the site, not least Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a string of senior members of his Cabinet, including Priti Patel, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Michael Gove.

And while there have been more twists and turns than many of us anticipated over these last three years and four months, departing the EU is what we will finally do on 31st January. As such, it will mark the close of the final chapter for us at BrexitCentral.

We are proud to have served as the glue holding together the many parts of the Brexit movement these last 40 months, united in a desire to see the referendum result delivered and powers restored from Brussels to Westminster.

But once we are formally freed from the shackles of the EU as of 1st February, a new phase of debate begins: about what kind of trade deal we should strike with the EU and how we should use the powers we have reclaimed. And the various branches of the Brexit family – represented amongst the ranks of both our readers and regular authors – will have very different views about how to proceed.

While it was our shared aim to secure the right to make those decisions in the UK, there will now doubtless be lively debates as to what those decisions should be. These debates will effectively become matters of traditional political discourse, where the Labour Leavers and Trade Unionists Against The EU amongst you will have very different aspirations as compared with the various strands of opinion among Tory Brexiteers – which may well differ in turn with the hopes of those in the Brexit Party or indeed of no fixed political abode.

So that’s why we feel it will be right to sign off at the end of January on a high note – a clean break, if you like.

You’ve been extremely loyal and engaging readers and we’ve appreciated all the support and encouragement you’ve given us, especially those who have supported us financially. Some of you have very generously donated through monthly direct debits, so please be sure to cancel those before the end of the month. We will email you separately about this, but thank you once again for your support – our work wouldn’t have been possible without you.

There will be time for proper thank-yous at the end of the month, and rest assured that over these next three weeks we will keep you abreast of the passage of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill through Parliament – and its agreement by the European Parliament.

We will also be running a series of Brexit reflections during the month from a number of our most popular authors and others who have been significant players in the Brexit process, so do keep an eye out for them. Today’s reflections are from Sir John Redwood and can be found by clicking here.