Is the UK set for a magical 2018?

Written by By P P Ramesh, Special to CNN We here at CNN Opinion speak to experts who offer their views on the current political climate and discuss the chances of major political or…

Is the UK set for a magical 2018?

Written by By P P Ramesh, Special to CNN

We here at CNN Opinion speak to experts who offer their views on the current political climate and discuss the chances of major political or social change. (This interview is from CNN’s New Years Eve special.)

With the House of Commons expected to pass the Repeal Bill and with the government rejecting a substantial EU withdrawal bill amendment, the prospect of Brexit is all but complete.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is likely to propose to the Foreign Office Bill Cash, who has won the vote (231 MPs in total): whether the UK will join the WEF HQ in Davos. We hope it will do so at the earliest opportunity.

Expert analysis of the EU Withdrawal Bill by Kevin Borries

The government will face an election fight in 2022. What will 2019 be like? Will the left rediscover the confidence, creativity and energy of its time with Corbyn, when the woman who once branded the much-maligned Tory leader as a “fat Tony Blair” now says he’s “a great national figure”? Do we really believe he is capable of a leftist resurgence? Are the tabloids on the warpath?

I have to admit, this ain’t no campfire we’re camped out by … We need an exciting year of real change, and on the cultural front, events such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, coupled with the political challenges, could provide the momentum to overhaul our failing establishment. We have to: the world is finally doing this and the UK will benefit more than most.

And then on the arts front …

Westminster is complex and full of compromises — and to make all that work we need to do more. A place where people have an obligation to contribute and to invest and to ensure the things that are important to them — not just get an Alistair Campbell-style bobble hat made — but to make the most of the glorious undiscovered continent that is the UK.

You have to start in the heart of England and this could be the one place to do it. There’s a promise of magic in this period of flux.

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