How Will the European Union Deal with Brexit?

According to news sources in Europe, the EU (European Union) is at last reconciled to the loss of Britain as an equal trading partner and member of the ‘Club.’ Britons first voted on Brexit four years ago, but only this past year was Prime Minister Boris Johnson able to force a country-wide referendum with a specific time table for easing Great Britain out of the EU. Despite the many gloomy prognostications that this will mean the end of British business abroad, there are indications that some other countries in the EU are also considering a divorce.

In Greece one of the top ruling parties, the Law and Justice League, has thumbed its nose at the EU authorities in Brussels by proposing a set of draconian laws that would radically change the way its court system works — in the face of threats of excommunication from the EU. 

Both Hungary and Poland, formerly staunch members of EU and supporters of an open democracy, are now under the rule of autocratic regimes that want no truck with Brussels over alleged human rights violations in their respective countries. Hungary is in the process of shutting down several anti-government newspapers, and Poland has already voted to close its borders to any further refugees — both of which fly in the face of EU policy. 

It remains to be seen if the EU will back up its laws or let things slide for the sake of retaining members.