On 23 June, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU. Leave won by 52 percent to 48 percent. For the UK to begin the process of leaving the EU it must invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting a two year process of extricating itself from the bloc. As yet, the article has not been activated.
So, in an overall sense, the UK’s relationship with the EU has not changed in the month since the vote. But the country has entered one of the most tumultuous times in its recent history – politically, economically, and even constitutionally.
And for many of the UK’s major political players, it has meant a change of tack. Here are a few examples…
Then: Prime Minister Now: MP
Before: Yes, to continuing as prime minister regardless of referendum result. (January)
After: Not right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. (24 June)
And then he literally hummed a tune…
Then: Home Secretary Now: Prime Minister
Before: For the economy, for security, for Britain’s place in the world – we should remain in the EU. (15 June)
After: Brexit means Brexit. (30 June, and almost every day since then)