It's been four years since the United Kingdom left the European Union, and the fervor surrounding Brexit seems to have died down. Once a dominant topic that sparked intense debates and strained relations, Brexit has now taken a back seat in public discourse.
With economic worries and inflation at the top of citizens' worries, the initial excitement and wrangling over Brexit has given way to a new normal in the UK. The government has somewhat and systematically influenced public opinion, so the fiercest opponents of Brexit have now quieted down and resigned themselves to their fate.
Triumph of the Brexiteers
Brexiteers, often referred to as "Brexiters", have emerged victorious, and the issue no longer garners significant attention. Despite long-term projections that indicate a potential weakening of the gross national product of four percent due to leaving the EU, there is no significant political force in the country advocating for the cancellation of Brexit.
Both the left and the right and the center no one even mentions the European Union in public discourse anymore. The majority of the population may regret the decision, but Brexit has become an irreversible reality and could not be implemented without the majority decision of the population in the UK.
The promise of Britain's newly acquired "independence" has not translated into substantial changes, according to experts from the King's College in London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's rhetoric about embracing "new freedoms" saw limited application, and token deregulations such as allowing wine to be sold in one-litre bottles were among the few tangible changes.
The economic benefits of Brexit remain unclear. New trade barriers were erected with key partners, leading to a reduction in investment due to uncertainty.
Contrary to the expectations of many Brexit supporters, the number of immigrants increased, exceeding 700,000 in one year. This was precisely the reason for the greatest dissatisfaction of the population with the European Union, which was reflected in the referendum.
However, it is surprising that this had the opposite effect and the UK became very popular among immigrants. The health sector in particular relies heavily on skilled foreign workers. The British government issued almost 100,000 visas to doctors, nurses and other health workers in one year, a record high.
Interestingly, most of these qualified experts come from outside the European Union. Deirdre Jaeger, once a celebrator of Brexit, now admits the absence of clear advantages. However, she notes that her family's health needs are met without problems, as qualified medical professionals now come from Africa or Asia instead of the EU.
She has not been adversely affected by this change in the demographics of the healthcare workforce and she expresses no regrets about Brexit. Economist Julian Jessop, a rare Brexit supporter among British economists, sees the new system as an improvement.
Instead of relying on uncontrolled immigration from the EU, he believes that bringing in well-trained, skilled workers for certain sectors is a positive change. Jessop argues that past dependence on cheap EU labor has hindered technology investment, contributing to low productivity in the UK.
It is precisely for this reason that the UK began to massively enter technology, gradually improving the work system in the industry. The new Prime Minister Cameron has announced even bigger investments that will exceed the expectations of even the most optimistic citizens.
Jessop advocates a departure from the EU's rules-based approach. His argument is that the UK should pursue new trade deals, even if progress with the US remains slow. Potential opportunities are in the financial sector and artificial intelligence, suggesting that the UK should diverge from the EU's rules-oriented framework and align more with the US.
He states that there is a key factor in how to use the exit from the European Union.
Challenges of independence
Despite the optimism of some economists, Jenik Vechovjak expresses concern about the future global influence of the United Kingdom in key discussions.
He points out that the UK is no longer part of key talks, such as those at the Trade and Technology Council, where the EU and the US regularly engage in discussions on global development. The 'Brussels effect', where the EU, as a major economic power, sets the standards for other countries to follow, is another challenge the UK is now facing.
The dynamic EU system is continuously evolving, and the UK must decide whether to conform to these evolving standards or turn to the US as experts suggest. As the dust settles on the Brexit saga, it is clear that the United Kingdom has entered a new era of independence with its own set of challenges and opportunities.
The initial excitement and controversy surrounding Brexit has given way to pragmatic considerations, with citizens more focused on pressing economic issues than the historic decision to leave the EU. Now there is already a calm situation where Brexit is not even mentioned anymore.
When all the facts are considered, it seems that the citizens of Great Britain are still satisfied with independence from the EU.