Theresa May's Brexit Deal is Dead: What Comes Next for the United Kingdom?

Theresa May's Brexit Deal is Dead: What Comes Next for the United Kingdom?

Despite opposition from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and Scottish Nationals, May's government fights on.

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Almost exactly one month ago, I wrote about British Prime Minister Theresa May's survived vote of no confidence amongst her Conservative Party colleagues in the lead up to a subsequent vote on her Brexit deal.

Well, that vote on her Brexit deal has come and gone, and splitting along similar lines, May's Brexit deal as it once stood is dead.

Suffering a historic defeat for a ruling prime minister, 202 voted in favor of May's deal while 432 voted against it, including 118 members of her own party.

Subsequently, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a House of Commons-wide vote of no confidence in May's leadership. The result did not break his way, however, as May's Conservative Party largely held ranks. The prime minister's government won the vote 325 to 306. Though a slim margin, the result ensured that Theresa May would remain in control and continue negotiations on the Brexit deal.

May has since introduced a new Brexit deal to Westminster, which would necessitate a permanent end date for an Irish backstop agreement, allowing some provisions for Northern Ireland to retain closer ties to the EU than the rest of the UK ultimately would. Such a deal has already been rejected in previous negotiations by both the European Union and the Republic of Ireland. As such, further negotiations will likely still need to take place between London, Brussels, and Dublin.

So, what does all of this mean for the 2017 referendum? Well, as I stated when I first examined May's survived vote of no confidence within her own party, it's complicated.

Jeremy Corbyn had hoped that enough disgruntled Conservatives would have voted against May, triggering a general election and allowing he and his Labour Party to (presumably) replace the Conservatives as the ruling government. He had accused May of leading a "zombie government" and reminded British citizens that no prime minister had ever stayed on after suffering such a political defeat as May's first Brexit deal did. Indeed, May's Conservative predecessor, David Cameron, stepped down in 2016 after his government had supported a "remain" vote in the Brexit referendum.

And yet, like some kind of political prizefighter, Theresa May refuses to go down.

Moving forward, many have pushed Theresa May to consider an extension on the March 29th deadline, in which the United Kingdom is finally expected to leave the European Union. In conjunction, many opposition leaders have agitated for a dismissal of any no-deal Brexit, in which the UK would leave the bloc without negotiating any trade deals to replace its membership. Britain would instead have to rely on World Trade Organization rules until a different arrangement could be agreed upon.

This sort of "hard Brexit" is exactly what some determined Conservative MPs would most like to see, despite the fact that numerous economists have warned against the economic effects of doing so. Doing so could lock up ports and other international boundaries almost immediately, and products that are of a time sensitive nature (such as food) may be forced to expire in such a scenario.

While May's "plan B" is still relatively new, it will not likely be the final say on anything having to do with Brexit. Rather, we will have to wait and see while negotiations continue, though given the recent developments, this time with a much greater sense of tension.

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Customer Service Expert, Gary Brewster of Oneida Provides Tips for Displaying Appreciation to Your Customers

By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business.

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Customer relationships are a core part of your business success. Many businesses that outperform their competitors are just more responsive in this area. By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business. How can you display genuine appreciation to them? Here are tips and practices from customer service expert and accomplished entrepreneur, Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee that you can adopt.

Event Sponsorship

There are many small signs of appreciation you can show to customers, but hosting an event provides significant evidence to customers that your business genuinely acknowledges and cares for their support. With these events, you can treat customers as guests - which can be a great way to elevate your relationship with them. After these events, you can follow-up with your customers, build upon that relationship, and gain additional insights into their expectations.

Customized Products and Services

Customers will be pleasantly surprised to see products specifically catered to their preferences. This shows that you do respond to their feedback and are appreciative of the information they provide. Also, you are reinforcing the fact that your business firmly puts a priority on their needs and is committed to elevating their experience. You can personalize your products through a couple of means, including offering them in certain colors, modifications, labels, and more.

Use Handwritten Notes

A handwritten note is one of the best ways to convey authenticity in your messages. When you use this medium for sending messages of appreciation to your customers, it generates a more positive response. In a world saturated with emails, social media messages, and mobile text, a handwritten letter can stand out. You can work with your team in organizing a schedule where customers are sent handwritten notes. These can especially work great for the holiday season as customers are more receptive to goodwill messages during this time.

Develop a Loyalty Program

While your business benefits form loyalty programs, they also make the customer feel more appreciated. For your most consistent customers, you are sending the message to them that their loyalty has not gone unnoticed and that you are truly grateful. When repeat business is rewarded, the long-term benefits will be valuable. Instead of merely creating a loyalty program from scratch, consider doing research and recognize specific purchasing patterns within your customer base. You can then highlight certain products they favor and make that the focal point of your loyalty program.

When it comes to maintaining a high standard of customer service, communication and goodwill are valuable. Showing appreciation to your customers is more than simply communicating with them, but also conveying a general sense of commitment to their needs. Your business stands to gain immensely by developing this unique approach to customer service. Consider adding more of these elements as you build your customer service strategy with your team.


About Gary Brewster:

Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee is an entrepreneur and commercial roofing expert. Driven by building excellent relationships, he takes pride in providing the best customer service possible. As a business owner, his goals include delivering exceptional service, solving complex problems, and giving back to the community. Outside of the office, Gary enjoys spending time on his family farm with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


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He’s Not My President, And I’m Sorry That He’s Yours

I refuse to acknowledge him as "my" president, he doesn't deserve it.

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It's been about two years since Donald Trump has officially taken office and became your president. I say "your" because he is not my president and I refuse to acknowledge him as such. I refuse to associate this man with one of the most powerful titles because he does not uphold the standards of what it means to be president. Donald Trump is a failed businessman, WrestleMania participant, and T.V. personality, but he is no president.

In the past, we've elected leaders whose ideas and vision for this nation didn't align with mine, but Donald Trump is another kind of malevolence that I refuse to believe runs the United States of America. Go ahead, call me all the names in the book; snowflake, libtard, or whatever your petty, little heart desires—your president still incompetent and runs his platform based off of false hope, an abundance of lies, and a xenophobic agenda.

This man single-handedly fooled an entire group of people that the United States was going to build a wall at the southern-most border (as if there isn't already a wall there) to keep out "criminals" (undocumented immigrants fleeing their country in order to survive) and said Mexico was going to pay for it (which they never did and never will.) This entire plan was flawed from the beginning; it was founded upon hate and pure ignorance. I hate to break it to you, but this country was founded upon immigrants and that's never going to change.

Your president even had a temper tantrum and shut down the government for 35 days, he doesn't care about the citizens of this nation, and to be quite frank, he never did in the first place. He never will unless it benefits him in some way. We're talking about the same man who addresses woman like their objects, views minorities like criminals, opposition for the LGBTQ community, makes a mockery of disabled people, honestly, the list can go on and on. What makes you genuinely believe he cares about you?

President's Day was initially created to celebrate George Washington's Birthday but eventually was adapted to commemorate the presidency as a whole somewhere along the line. So this President's Day, as we reflect upon your President's legacy for what he's created thus far, I'm sorry. I'm not sorry he'll be remembered as one of the worst presidents to go down in history and I can't wait until this nightmare is over.

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