UK's Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit parliament showdown

06 Septembre, 2019, 09:24 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • UK's Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit parliament showdown

But a source close to the group of rebel Conservative MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit said: "It's a bit rich for the Prime Minister to point the finger at colleagues who plan to defy the party whip - colleagues who voted for a deal three times - while he voted with Jeremy Corbyn to inflict the two biggest parliamentary defeats on a government in British history".

Hundreds of people have protested in Cardiff against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament in the lead up to Brexit.

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows former Conservative MP Phillip Lee (R) sitting next to Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson (L) in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday.

The slide came ahead of Parliament meeting this week to decide how the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, and reflected fears of further Brexit chaos and a potential election next month.

"If the House (of Commons) votes for this motion tonight, it will give itself the ability to vote for that bill tomorrow ..."

Downing Street has vehemently rejected the idea it could change the date of a snap election beyond 31 October if MPs support the idea, amid speculation No 10 could consider alternative ways to push the idea through the Commons.

An election would thrust Brexit onto an uncertain path with three main options: a Brexit-supporting government under Johnson, a Labour government led by leader Jeremy Corbyn, or a hung parliament that could lead to another referendum - In the June 23, 2016 plebiscite, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 percent, backed leaving the European Union while 16.1 million, or 48.1 percent, supported staying.

"His is a government with no mandate, no morals and, as of today, no majority", he said.

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Johnson, whose Conservatives have seen an opinion poll bounce since he took office, has a working majority of just one seat in the 650-seat lower house of parliament and some suspect it has always been his strategy to head to the polls.

Boris Johnson will strip 21 Tory MPs of the whip in one of the biggest parliamentary bloodbaths in history.

But losing the majority does not automatically bring down the government as this can only happen if the government loses a formal confidence vote.

But to trigger an election, Johnson would need the backing of two-thirds of members of parliament, including some opposition legislators.

A vote on holding an election is now expected on Wednesday, although it is by no means certain to succeed.

Sterling slumped 0.62 per cent against the dollar to US$1.1991, the first time it has dropped below US$1.20 since 2017. "But the lingering doubt they've got is: Will the shenanigans in Parliament somehow lead to the cancellation or the delay of Brexit?" Leaked government documents predicted disruptions to the supply of medicine, decreased availability of fresh food and even potential fresh water shortages because of disruption to supplies of water treatment chemicals.

But critics note that there are no formal negotiations with Brussels, and both sides have stepped up preparations for a disorderly divorce next month.

But many Labour MPs also fear a trap.

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