European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said the EU’s executive body, which supervises BREXIT talks on behalf of Britain’s 27 European partners, is operating on the “working assumption” that Britain will leave the bloc 31 October, but…
Tuesday, Boris Johnson suffered Key defections from his party, losing a working majority in Parliament and weakening his position as he tried to prevent lawmakers from blocking his BREXIT plans.
On a day of high debate in the House of Commons, lawmakers returned from their Summer recess to confront PM Johnson over his insistence that the UK leave the EU on 31 October, even without a withdrawal agreement to cushion the economic blow.
As protesters on the streets outside Parliament denounced a “coup,” the lawmakers turned to a Key piece of legislation that would prevent an immediate no-deal BREXIT. If it passes this week, PM Johnson’s Downing Street office said he will call an early election. Thus taking his argument directly to the people for a 3rd general election in 4 years.
“Enough is enough,” Mr. Johnson said. “The country wants this done and they want the referendum respected. We are negotiating a deal and I am confident of getting a deal.”
Early Tuesday, 2 prominent Conservatives signaled their intention not to seek re-election rather than bend to Mr. Johnson’s will. Former Cabinet minister Justine Greening and former Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt also signaled their intention to stand down.
Mr. Johnson became PM in July has tried to crack down on members of his Conservative Party who oppose his BREXIT plans, warning they would be expelled from the party if they supported parliamentary efforts to block or delay the withdrawal.
A no-confidence vote against PM Johnson would spark a 14-day period in which he could try to overturn the result. If he failed, there would be a general election.
During that Key 14-day frame, another lawmaker could try to win Parliament’s backing in a vote. If they succeeded, Mr. Johnson should, in theory, have to step down and let the winner form a new government.
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