Britain's withdrawal from the European Union - Brexit - is seen by many voters as a key issue in this general election.Here, we answer a selection of readers' questions about the two subjects.If the Conservatives win without a majority, what is the likelihood of them forming a coalition government with the Brexit Party? - Sophie Shipton, RomfordThe government has ruled out forming an election pact with Brexit Party during the election campaign. But if the Conservatives fell short of a majority, and the Brexit Party won a handful of crucial seats - then it may choose to support the Conservatives on specific issues in order to get Brexit over the line. So a temporary alliance of convenience is probably more likely than a formal coalition government. If the Brexit Party wins a majority, could Nigel Farage take a seat in Parliament as the leader without standing for a seat? - Paul Ramsdale, LondonThe convention is that the prime minister is an MP and the leader of the largest party in the … [Read more...] about Election 2019, Your Questions Answered: How could the election affect Brexit?
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Iain Duncan Smith is the latest top Tory to be targeted by a Remainer pact after the Greens bowed out of the race for his marginal seat and threw their weight behind Labour. The two parties 'tactically' joined forces last night and will now train their guns on the Brexiteer ex-Conservative leader over the next month of general election campaigning. It follows a Remain alliance brokered by the Lib Dems, Greens and Wales' Plaid Cymru in 60 seats where only one candidate will stand to avoid splitting the pro-EU vote. Jeremy Corbyn has not officially signed up to this agreement, but yesterday's Green-Labour pact in Mr Duncan Smith's east London seat suggests that Remain parties are willing to informally team up to claim some senior Conservative scalps on December 12. Iain Duncan Smith (pictured in Downing Street last month) is facing stiff Remain opposition in the election after the Greens withdrew from the race and threw support behind Labour Faiza Shaheen, who will now get a clear run … [Read more...] about Remainer Alliance targets Iain Duncan Smith for ‘unseating’ as Green candidate pulls out of election battle to give Labour clear run
The EU has piled further pressure on Pakistan’s likely next prime minister, Imran Khan, after his country’s disputed general election, noting a “lack of equality of opportunity” and “systematic attempts to undermine the ruling party” ahead of the vote. Michael Gahler, chief of the European Union election observer mission, told a press conference in Islamabad that his 120-strong team observed no rigging on election day – but in serious criticisms that will cast a shadow over the formation of the new Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government led by the former international cricketer, Gahler said that pressure on the media, “far stronger” efforts than usual to encourage switching parties and “judicial conduct” had all negatively influenced the vote. “We have concluded there was a lack of equality of opportunity,” he said, adding that the overall process was “not as good” as in 2013. The Pakistan Muslim … [Read more...] about EU piles pressure on Imran Khan after Pakistan election
Moldova plunged deeper into crisis on Sunday after a court temporarily relieved President Igor Dodon of his duties to allow a stand-in to call a snap election. Former Prime Minister Pavel Filip, who took on the role, immediately announced a fresh election for September, effectively extending months of political chaos. The first election in February produced a hung parliament, prompting months of negotiations between the main parties. On Saturday, Dodon's Russian-backed Socialist party had announced it was forming a coalition with the pro-European Union ACUM bloc. The unlikely alliance was designed to keep the Democratic Party of Moldova, run by tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc, out of power. Read more: Transnistria: Russia's satellite state an open wound in Eastern Europe Moldova: A country without parents Left behind Tanya moved to Italy five years ago where she works as a caregiver for the elderly and earns about 850 euros ($960) a month. But her three … [Read more...] about Moldova snap election called as crisis deepens
Nigel Farage discussed the idea of fronting a global alliance of populist and far-right politicians being put together by the controversial former White House strategist Steve Bannon, it has emerged. Farage said he would be keen to take the role after Bannon discussed the idea of forming a group based around populism and “economic nationalism”, with potential members including Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines leader who is accused of presiding over mass rights abuses and who has admitted authorising extrajudicial killings. In discussions spanning 2017 and last year, the Brexit party leader also discussed the concept in detail with Mischaël Modrikamen, a far-right Belgian politician who worked with Farage in Brussels. The idea later became an initiative called the Movement, a Brussels-based foundation led by Bannon for rightwing populist parties. Bannon had claimed the operation would provide campaign help for like-minded parties in … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage discussed fronting far-right group led by Steve Bannon