Safety management and sustainability: UK political system crisis over Brexit

12-06-2018

On 23rd March 2019, hundreds of thousands of UK citizens congregated in London to march in support of a “peoples vote” on Brexit. Some on the other side of the argument made accusations that such a vote would be undemocratic or worse. The proximity of the UK leaving date is laying bare a full-blown political and party political crisis, escalating by the day. Political discourse has become infused with hatred, the two main political parties (Conservatives and Labour) are at risk of breaking up. This spells danger not only for the UK but for Europe too.

Revolution

Tom Tugendhat, UK MP and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee asserts there is a revolutionary process in the UK. He refers to the breakdown of the structure of politics and party politics which existed since the 2nd World War. The imminent prospect of “no deal” Brexit has exposed the lack of adaptability in the UK political system. The creation of a new party (The Independent Group) and breakdown in the discipline of main parties is evidence of this. Both sides of a polarised argument now accuse the other of ignoring democracy. The Leavers claim democracy as they demand the implementation of the referendum. The Remainers claim it for another vote. Hate crime has increased dramatically, racism is more overt than it was and MP’s are under threat as never before.

Geopolitics and tourism

So far the UK tourism industry has benefited from the fall in the value of the Pound, since the Referendum. However, should Brexit be implemented, especially a disorderly Brexit, many things will be under threat. Firstly, due to less purchasing power, British visits to European destinations may decline, secondly more barriers to free movement may hinder travel arrangements for all but most importantly the relationships and cohesion both within the UK and between UK and EU countries will be at risk. This is a serious prospect for the whole of Europe, but especially for the UK.

For more information on how Brexit can influence the tourism industry please contact international relations expert Peter Singleton from European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI).