British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to call a snap election failed to garner the support of two-thirds of lawmakers in the House of Commons on Wednesday — leaving the Brexit process in limbo. It was his third defeat in the lower house of Parliament in just two days — coming right after opposition MPs and rebels in Johnson's Conservatives approved a bill that could force Johnson to ask the European Union for another Brexit delay, a step he has repeatedly said he will not take. With Johnson losing his majority after expelling rebel Tory MPs and with time running out before the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, here's a look at what to look out for over the next few days: What's happening with the no-deal Brexit bill? The bill was passed in the House of Commons. Now lawmakers in the upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, will debate it. Time will be tight to get the bill approved, as Johnson has moved to suspend Parliament as of next week. … [Read more...] about Brexit: What’s happened and what’s next?
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It seems a strange thing to say about the disgraced Labour MP for Peterborough, but Fiona Onasanya is a lucky woman. Onasanya was found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice last month. She faces a prison sentence. She is contemplating the ruin of a career that included her public aspiration to become Britain’s first black female prime minister. I’m not sticking my neck out very far to say that this last is not now going to happen. Onasanya’s offence: she repeatedly denied to police that she was behind the wheel when her car was caught speeding in Cambridgeshire in 2017. She refused to say who was driving. In fact it was Onasanya, who is a qualified solicitor as well as an MP. After a first trial failed to agree a verdict, Onasanya was found guilty at the retrial. She will be sentenced soon. Amazingly, Onasanya remains an MP, at least until then. This is the first reason she is lucky. Many of us would have already been fired by now. MPs, however, enjoy … [Read more...] about Fiona Onasanya is lucky. She’d be out of a job were it not for Brexit
UK ministers published a full six-page advice on the draft Brexit deal by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Wednesday, a day after the House of Commons found the government in contempt for only providing a summary of the full legal statement. In his advice, Cox warned that the deal's backstop for Northern Ireland, a fallback arrangement designed to keep an open border between the British territory and EU member Republic of Ireland, risked a stalemate and protracted rounds of negotiations with the European Union. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox speaking to parliament "Despite statements that it is not intended to be permanent … in international law the protocol would endure indefinitely until a superseding agreement took its place," Cox explained. This, he added, was because the UK does not have the right to withdraw from the mechanism unilaterally. The word "indefinitely" did not appear in Cox's summary given to the Commons on Monday. "In the absence of a right of … [Read more...] about Brexit: UK could be trapped in EU negotiations, attorney general warns
Already under pressure, Prime Minister Theresa May's government lost three votes in the House of Commons on Tuesday, even before the main debate got underway. May is seeking approval from the house for the exit deal from the EU which her negotiators signed off last week. That vote will be taken next Tuesday. But this Tuesday began with a setback for her as a European Court of Justice advocate general gave formal advice that revoking the "Article 50" divorce notice was an option for the House without the other EU 27 member states having a say. The UK does not need approval of other EU countries to withdraw from Brexit, the advocate ruled. Then, MPs voted 311 to 293 in favor of holding the UK government "in contempt of parliament" for refusing to release key legal advice on the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop legal guarantee for avoiding a hard border with Ireland. House Leader Andrea Leadsom said the government would publish "the final and full advice provided by the … [Read more...] about UK government loses key votes as parliament gains powers in next Brexit steps
"Friends, Russians, countrymen, lend me your money. I mean ears. "I, Nigel Farage, hereby declare victory in the Peterborough by-election that was called after its last MP was jailed for being a bit of a rotter. This was a glorious victory for the Brexit Party, an earthquake that has rocked the political Establishment to its core. I only wish I'd been standing for election myself, but unfortunately topping up the Brussels pension pot takes up too many seconds in the week. "But I congratulate our candidate, Whatsisname, for so decisively proving that all the polling, experts, voters, milkshake purchasers and D-Day veterans are wrong, and that this country has clearly demanded that No Deal Brexit I've been advocating. "The mere possibility of this currency speculators' wet dream actually manifesting so terrifies the elites of this country that it has already contributed to the loss of 10,000 jobs in the car industry, which just goes to show that a Hard Brexit will get us all working, … [Read more...] about The Brexit Party actually won the Peterborough by-election. You just won’t accept it