The Express, July 12, Matthew Patten
In 1533, Henry VIII split with the Church of Rome, taking control from the Pope and proclaiming that he alone should be the final authority in matters relating to the English church. The English Reformation, a turning point in British history and core to our belief in self-determination, had begun.
Nearly 500 years after that split, Britain faces an equally historic moment of reformation. This time the break with the Treaty of Rome, better known to most of us as Brexit.
I suspect that many people believe that Brexit is done and it’s true that we ceased being a member of the European Union in January. Most of us also know that while we tidy up the loose ends and work out our future relationship, we have agreed that things will remain as if we haven’t left. The EU will still be in charge until this ‘transition period’ ends on 31st December. Then, most of us think that whatever relationship we’ve agreed with the EU, Boris will be our very own Henry VIII, able once again to proclaim that our British Parliament is the final authority in matters relating to the UK. After 50 years of rule from Brussels, we will have regained our sovereignty.
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