I don't usually get involved in politics with my clients,
and also recommend you avoid issues which can be
controversial when dealing with overseas suppliers,
customers and business partners. However, if you find
yourself in Britain in the near future, you may need some
terminology connected to the latest developments there in
case your UK contact brings the issue up in Small Talk.
Following the General Elections, the ruling
Conservative party (also called "The Tories") failed to
win an overall majority (326 of the 650 seats in
parliament), and is unable to form a government by itself,
but will need support from other parties in order to govern. .
This is known as a "hung parliament".
Most people know that "Brexit" means Britain leaving (or
exiting) Europe. However, you may hear politicians talking
about a "Hard Brexit" and a "Soft Brexit". The first one refers
to cutting most political and economic ties between the UK
and Europe, whilst the second term means "leaving"
Europe but continuing to enjoy the advantages of being
"not quite a member."
Currently, no one knows exactly the details of either option.
World politics is becoming very complicated, which is why I
try to leave it off my agenda when meeting overseas
Good luck with your business in the UK !