This past year has seen the resignation/stepping down of two famous political figures.
The first figure was Japanese Emperor Akihito. This is a large event, as this is the first time in 200+ years that a Japanese emperor has stepped down. In 2016, Akihito gave a speech that requested a change in Japanese law. (The requested change was for him to be allowed to step down.) The law was passed last year. Akihito’s son, Naruhito has now officially succeeded his father, making the reign of a new Japanese emperor.
The Brexit debacle finally claimed the Prime Minister Theresa May’s position, as she resigned this year. May had managed to survive votes of no confidence from her own Conservative Party, as well as a vote of no confidence from the United Kingdom’s parliament. However, after failing to pass an agreement about Brexit three times, May decided that her time as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was done. Boris Johnson, the highly controversial ex-mayor of London has taken over May’s role. Johnson has been labeled as the “British Trump” and has been one of the most vocal supporters of a hard Brexit.
It is possible that with Boris Johnson in charge of Brexit negotiations, something will finally be decided. However, it is unclear if a hard Brexit is really the desired outcome. A last note, there are British elections tonight, so it is possible that the Brexit situation will become a lot clearer after the results are released. (Boris Johnson’s campaign slogan has been “Get Brexit Done.”)