BREXIT (working title)
Director(s): Alain de Halleux – Writer(s): Stéphanie THOMAS, Alain de HALLEUX Contact Print page
BREXIT…the biggest divorce of all time. A test for the EU. A situation with no precedents borne out of a succession of risky gambles.
The first of them being that of David Cameron. The instigator of the referendum had bet on a REMAIN vote. But LEAVE won and he resigned. Theresa May seized the opportunity to take the Conservative Party leadership and called for new elections… which resulted in the loss of the party’s majority. She thus needed to form an alliance with Northern Ireland’s DUP nationalist MPs which would further complicate future negotiations with Europe.
Not to be outdone in terms of gambles, the EU had one of their own: Article 50 which outlines the procedure for a country to leave the EU, contains only five small paragraphs. A sure sign that on the continent, nobody had seriously envisaged – or prepared for - such an event.
The EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, defends European interests and tours European capitals to meet with heads of state, entrepreneurs and trade union leaders securing the unity of the 27 remaining members. His British counterpart is David Davis.
Like in any divorce, the past needs to be sorted out…The status of EU citizens living in the UK, and vice versa; the amount of the so-called divorce bill to be paid by the UK and the issue of the border between the two Irelands.
Torn between the Hard Brexiters pushing to leave the single market, and the advocates of a soft Brexit, wishing to preserve free access to the EU economies, Theresa May is unable to clarify her position. Barnier keeps reminding her that "The clock is ticking".
Faced with such uncertainty, speculation is rife on both sides of the Channel as to which scenario will prevail. Come what may, on March 29, 2019, the die will have been cast and the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. Nobody knows where a NO DEAL scenario would lead. Tony Blair and others dream of a Brexit reversal. But is there any chance of that happening?
The stakes are huge. The entanglements are almost impossible to unravel.
We’ll be with Michel Barnier in Poland, Greece, Scotland, Ireland, Bulgaria or Norway… and in the negotiations to which he granted us exclusive access. During the course of this two-year journey, we observe how the future of Europe is being mapped out. Is Europe up against a wall?