Conservatives stepped up warnings on Monday that a Boris Johnson premiership could lead to the collapse of the government if the leadership frontrunner attempts to pursue no deal. One former Tory minister said he believed there were many more Tory MPs who would be prepared to take that step than those who would publicly admit it.
Parliament’s part in finding a replacement for Theresa May is over. Now around 160,000 Conservative Party grassroots members will vote on who will be their leader – and Britain’s next prime minister – by the end of July. Bookmakers give Johnson an 89 percent probability of winning.
Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson took a step closer to becoming Britain’s next prime minister on Tuesday, winning 40 percent of votes in the second round of a contest on a firm promise to leave the European Union by Oct. 31.
British politician Boris Johnson, already well ahead in the race to become leader of the UK’s Conservative Party, just won the endorsement of a former rival in his campaign to replace Prime Minister Theresa May. Johnson, the face of Brexit throughout the 2016 referendum process, has promised to lead the UK out of the European Union with or without a deal. If Johnson wins and goes for a no-deal Brexit, a constitutional crisis could be on the horizon, as Parliament may try to block such a departure.
Boris Johnson, who has pledged to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31, surged closer to power on Thursday, winning by far the most support from Conservative lawmakers in the first round of the contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.
Today is the first round of voting in the contest to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister. The entire election will be a relatively long-drawn out process – and the next couple of weeks will include several more rounds of voting, TV debates, and the membership ballot. The most important question of today might be: Is Boris Johnson as far ahead as everyone thinks?
“Trump’s comments were embarrassing for the United States because they revealed that Trump did not really understand the issues between the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland…Irish and British politicians have already priced in Trump’s inability to understand the nuances of Brexit. Indeed, his comments about the wall were more ambiguous and hence less obviously wrong than his previous suggestion that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union and then sue it.”
Attempting to accomplish something concrete on his largely ceremonial UK visit, Donald Trump couldn’t help causing controversy. He brashly promised that the U.S. and UK could as much as triple their trade after Brexit, while hinting that Britain’s popular government-run National Health Service could be opened up to American companies. He later walked back the comment after a British outcry.
Only a day after dining with the Queen, President Trump spent his evening with polemic, pro-Brexit leader Nigel Farage. During Trump’s visit to London, he has spoken favorably of the UK leaving the EU.
Donald Trump promised Britain a substantial post-Brexit trade deal with the United States on Tuesday, quipping to outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May that she should stick around to see it through. “We’ll have a very, very substantial trade deal, it’ll be a very fair deal, and I think it’s something we both want to do,” Trump told May at a meeting.
“A state visit, with all the pomp and ceremony of a banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, is the highest diplomatic accolade this country can offer. That doesn’t mean Britain has been choosy about who gets this honor. There’s an embarrassing list of world leaders, from Zaire’s homicidal dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to Romania’s communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who have all been hosted at Buckingham Palace. American presidents, though, are not supposed to be part of this tradition of embarrassing guests. But Donald Trump fits right in. His two-and-a-half years in office have shown him to be a bigot, a bully, a racist, a misogynist, and a fantasist.”
So it makes sense that Trump may meet with Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage when he visits the UK next week. Both Johnson and Farage are vying to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, who announced last week that she will step down in June, after failing to pass her Brexit deal. Trump refrained from endorsing either of the “very good guys,” saying they’re both friends of his.
Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate and likely successor to Theresa May has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.
While a majority in Parliament may not favor a no-deal Brexit, it could still happen unless MPs can agree on the working agreement or revoking Brexit, or even a new government that could request an extension from the EU. However with Boris Johnson as the expected choice to take Theresa May’s mantle as Prime Minister, it seems like a no-deal Brexit is now more likely than ever.
Well, it finally happened…British Prime Minister Theresa May tearfully resigned this morning, brought down by the very thing she once championed, Brexit. Unable to secure an exit deal, and having missed two deadlines already, May will quit as Conservative party leader on June 7, but remain in office until a successor is found—perhaps one who can get the parliamentary support that eluded her.
A day of fevered speculation about whether British Prime Minister Theresa May would resign concluded instead with the resignation of one of her key ministers, House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom. The loss of Leadsom is a blow to the prime minister. A one-time rival, Leadsom, a Brexit supporter, has repeatedly defended May’s Brexit deal in Parliament.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s final Brexit gambit was crushed on Wednesday just hours after her offer of a vote on a second referendum and closer trading arrangements failed to win over either opposition lawmakers or many in her own party.
PM Theresa May will allow U.K. lawmakers a chance to vote on holding a new Brexit referendum, if they back her Brexit agreement. The October deadline for a decision on Brexit is coming and May knows that for an orderly exit or for an orderly continuation of the U.K.’s memberhsip in the E.U., a decision must be made quickly.
British Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer, is on the brink of collapse unless the government agrees to provide an emergency bailout. The company employs 5,000 workers directly, mostly at a single giant plant in the north of England, but a further 20,000 jobs are dependent upon its supply chain.
Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a “new, bold offer to MPs across the House of Commons.”
Brexit is the stalemate of all stalemates for the beleaguered UK, with the Labour and Conservative parties blaming each other for the impasse. Talks collapsed again even as Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to resign after the Brexit bill is voted on, regardless of whether her EU withdrawal agreement is approved. The continuing deadlock has weakened the country’s economy and left the British people weary on both sides of the argument.
“The coming months will see the war of attrition continue. All possible scenarios will leave this country scarred as it enters the 2020s, with a large segment of voters set to feel betrayed by any outcome…The truth is that there are no winners. We have all lost from this Brexit debacle, no matter how it ends.”
Boris Johnson, the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said on Thursday he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative leader. May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations, although she has not set a date for her departure.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to set a date to depart after the Brexit bill is voted on — regardless of whether MPs approve her deal on the EU withdrawal agreement. Until recently she was not willing to discuss resigning in the event of her Brexit plan not being passed.
MPs on all sides of the Brexit divide have vowed to vote down Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement when the government brings the bill to the House of Commons next month. The prime minister met the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on Tuesday night, though no substantive progress has been made towards a cross-party agreement.
Downing Street has said the prime minister remains opposed to any form of referendum being attached to a Brexit deal, as the government prepares to enter its seventh week of talks with Labour to find a compromise. However, Labour claims a cross-party EU exit deal will only pass through Parliament if it includes a commitment to hold a second membership referendum.
Conservative councillors have called for Theresa May to step down after the party suffered losses of more than 1,300 seats in local elections dominated by the UK’s Brexit stalemate. After a collapse of the Conservative vote across southern England, some MPs urged the party to change its rules so the prime minister can be removed from office as soon as possible.
The outcome of talks between British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government and the opposition Labour Party to break the deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union could be known in the coming week.
The talks stalled due to a Conservative desire for post-Brexit deregulation including pursuing a U.S. trade deal. “There has to be access to European markets and above all there has to be a dynamic relationship to protect the conditions and rights that we’ve got for environment and consumer workplace rights,” opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
While Germany and most other European states were in favor of granting the UK a one-year extension on Brexit, French president Emmanuel Macron torpedoed their efforts and negotiated an extension to October 31. The Germans are upset and believe that Macron acted as he did merely to help himself politically within France.
The British government has indicated it may be willing to compromise in key areas that have prevented its Brexit deal from being supported by the opposition Labour Party, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday. The negotiations between the two party leaders are sure to be very tricky, as both sides risk losing their most loyal voters.
With less than 48 hours before Britain’s scheduled departure, the European Union extended the deadline for Brexit until October 31, avoiding a devastating cliff-edge divorce, but settling none of the issues that have plunged British politics into chaos, dysfunction, and recrimination.
The European Union will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit at an emergency summit on Wednesday but leaders will debate a longer extension with conditions to prevent any future British leader from damaging the bloc.
Germany’s EU affairs minister has complained that “absolutely nothing has changed” in London, 24 hours before the bloc’s leaders come together to decide on a possible Brexit delay. On the other hand, Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed that the talks with MP Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, are evidence of a new direction being taken by the British government.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is to travel to Berlin and Paris for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, a day before a critical EU summit that will discuss Britain’s request for a delay to the date for its exit from the bloc. The UK prime minister wants to push back the UK’s exit date from April 12 to June 30.
As UK Prime Minister Theresa May continually fails to deliver a Brexit compromise, she says, “[T]he longer it takes to find a comprise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union.”
European Council President Donald Tusk is suggesting that the UK be given a 12-month extension to negotiate its Brexit plan. This unexpected offer comes after Prime Minister Theresa May asked for an extension until June 30.
The UK is currently due to leave the EU on April 12, and, as of right now, no withdrawal deal has been approved by Parliament. It is up to the EU whether to grant an extension to Article 50 after MPs repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement reached between the UK and the European Union.
A bipartisan group of MPs has forced through an emergency bill instructing Theresa May to seek an extension to article 50 and avoid a no-deal Brexit, despite government opposition.