Theresa May

In order for the UK to leave the European Union, its government needs to deal with a Mount Everest-sized pile of EU-related regulations. After Prime Minister Theresa May’s party failed to gain a majority in snap elections, that’s nigh impossible.

“There’s going to be bloody trouble,” one senior official involved in dealing with the related legislation was quoted as saying. “The election changes everything.”

“They have got to get the legislation through or there will be a legal hiatus when we leave the EU,” Jill Rutter of the Institute for Government said, adding that “a difficult task has just got a lot more difficult.”

Difficult? That’s an understatement. EU-related legislation in Parliament is just a warmup for the renegotiation of 759 treaties with 168 countries, just to keep the status quo.