Things That Happened in Brexit’s Most Important Week

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( — September 9, 2019) — It has been one of the most busy and confusing weeks in British politics for a long time. 21 members of the UK’s current government rebelled against their leader in opposition to his ideals regarding Brexit. Much of what has happened has been incredibly confusing and shocking.

Here is a breakdown of what has happened this week in the of commons.

21 Conservatives rebel against Boris Johnson

Many MP’s of the Conservative party have defied Boris Johnson’s wishes by rebelling against the Prime minister by voting FOR a law that will now allow the government to vote against a no-deal Brexit. Boris Johnson wanted to ensure that the UK left the European Union by October the 31st, with or without a deal. Now, the UK may have to ask for a further extension to sort Brexit, if the government cannot agree on a deal by this date, something Johnson was adamant he would not do.

A general election may be on the cards

After his defeat earlier this week, Boris Johnson has announced that he wants to call a general election. By doing this, he is hoping that he will strengthen his party and give him a large majority, making him more likely to pass what he wants through parliament.

However, to do this, law requires that two thirds of MP’s must vote for this. On Wednesday, Labour, Liberal democrats and the SNP refused to support a general election, and have said they will do the same on Monday, when Johnson tries for a general election again.

They say that any election before the 31 October deadline could give a newly-re-elected Mr Johnson the ability to pursue a no-deal Brexit.

Altogether, 25 members of the conservative party have quit, resigned or have been sacked

25 members have left the conservative party. Most have left because they simply have refused to support Boris Johnson with his no-deal Brexit plan. Notably, Boris Johnson’s own brother, Jo Johnson has resigned, stating that he is ‘torn between family loyalty and the national interest.’

Today has seen yet another Conservative MP resign. Amber Rudd, secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Resigned on 7 September arguing there was “no evidence” that Boris Johnson was really seeking a deal with the European Union and was instead determined to deliver a no deal Brexit.

Bottom Line

With so much going on with the UK government and Brexit, it is very difficult to understand what’s going on, and indeed, what will happen when the 31st October hits. For now, it remains to be seen whether Johnson will get his support for a general election, and if the Conservative party will have any more resignations.