WITH Brexit negotiation fumbling, divisions growing over the Irish border, and arguments over a second referendum, we could see polls opening much sooner. Here's what you need to know about the next time the UK goes to the polls, and the factors that could trigger a snap election... When is the next General Election? The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled for 5 May, 2022, under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. But, just as we saw in 2017, elections can be triggered sooner than expected, especially with the spectre of Brexit on the horizon. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded a general election in response to Theresa May's 149-vote Brexit deal defeat. But despite Corbyn’s call, the party doesn't appear to have any immediate plans to call for a vote of no confidence - after his failed several months ago. Labour and the Conservatives would also have to contend with the breakaway new Independent Group, who would currently win one in seven of the … [Read more...] about When is the next UK general election – and will Theresa May run?
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Hello and welcome to City A.M.’s Brexit live blog for the second of potentially three huge votes on the UK’s departure from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May was defeated in the House of Commons in a second vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, losing by 391 votes to 242. Last night, MPs voted narrowly to reject a no-deal Brexit by 321 votes to 278. However, the UK will still leave the EU on 29 March unless parliament backs a delay to Article 50 in a vote tonight. That could see a delay until 30 June if MPs agree to take May's deal by 20 March, or even longer if they refuse to support the flawed withdrawal agreement. Please refresh this page manually for the latest updates Read more: Tories despair as May loses no-deal Brexit vote, with Article 50 delay on horizon Read more about the votes this week here 1.50pm: People’s Vote campaign says ‘time not right’ for second referendum amendment The People’s Vote campaign has come out against the second … [Read more...] about Brexit vote live: People’s Vote campaign says ‘time not right’ for second referendum amendment
THERESA May's Brexit deal was rejected for a second time with another overwhelming majority yesterday. MPs voted against the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. But what happens next? What time is today's Brexit vote? MPs are set to vote on whether to keep Britain in the EU longer than planned today. The vote on extending Article 50 comes after MPs defied the Government and dramatically decided to rule out a No Deal withdrawal from the EU in scenes some Tory Brexiteers described as "chaotic". At 9.30am, prayers will be said in the Commons, followed by oral questions at 10am. The first set will focus on International Trade and 30 minutes later, questions on Women and Equalities will be held. Any other urgent questions or ministerial statements can be said and the session may last until 12pm. The Brexit vote on extending Article 50 will be held at 5pm on March 14. What happens next? If MPs back a Brexit delay, Theresa May would have to head to Brussels and seek permission … [Read more...] about What time is today’s Brexit vote and what’s at stake for Theresa May?
Update: Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, who yesterday defied Government whips to abstain on a motion on leaving the EU without a deal, tweeted a letter she had sent to constituents defending the move.“Last night I abstained on the main motion in the House of Commons which asked whether we should leave the European Union without a deal,” the letter read.“To do so would, in my view, do generational damage to our economy and security. It is a mistake to leave the EU without a deal, but it is right to prepare to do so just in case so we can mitigate any damage as best as we can.”She said she voted against the Government because it was “the only opportunity to vote to prevent no deal at the end of this month”, which she said was “completely consistent” with Government policy.“I wanted March 29 to be a day of new beginnings when we could start to focus on maximising the prospects for the UK outside the European Union. I have … [Read more...] about Brexit latest: Minister tweets letter explaining why she defied UK Govt by abstaining from Brexit vote
‘We are a ‘United Kingdom’ in name only’ Yesterday I wrote that the tories are split irrevocably. Today I think the country is split irrevocably. We are a ‘United Kingdom’ in name only, thanks to the referendum the country is now broken and likely never to be the same again. We are witnessing the break up of the country. All schisms that may have existed are exacerbated and we are descending into a failed state that will surely fracture. There is one way out and it will be unpopular, it is however to withdraw article 50. Heliopower ‘This country is a sick joke’ Two long-held elements of received wisdom have been demolished in the last 24 hours: the Tories are the ultimate pragmatists, and the UK is a parliamentary democracy. On the latter, all it has taken for the flimsy facade of democracy to be ripped away to reveal the autocracy beneath, is an unelected PM who is shameless enough to simply ignore what parliament has voted for. The fact … [Read more...] about ‘This country is a sick joke’: readers on the no-deal Brexit vote