Brexit: Corbyn’s Labour Party Vows To Oust PM Johnson as Parliament Goes Into Recess
EU undermines Britain further by tapping known Brexit-hater to lead talks.
The United Kingdom is heading towards an uncertain future since Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Members of Parliament (MP) still cannot agree on Brexit. Parliament just entered a five-week-long suspension ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline.
Ahead of the parliament’s shutdown, Johnson hoped to call a snap election for mid-October but failed twice to secure the required two-thirds majority in the Lower House of Commons. Instead, the MPs passed a bill designed to delay the Brexit deadline beyond October if the UK failed to reach a deal with the European Union.
Johnson has had a tough few weeks. He lost the Conservative majority in the House of Commons last Tuesday after one of his MPs defected to the pro-EU Liberal Democrats. Now he faces a string of anti-Brexit resolutions in the Commons and the House of Lords.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, wants to use the month-long forced break to prepare the ground for ousting Johnson. Corbyn has long been trying to unseat the Conservatives and install himself as the leader of a caretaker government.
The UK Daily Telegraph disclosed the Labour party’s game plan of toppling “Johnson with confidence vote” when parliament reconvenes on October 14:
With Parliament now prorogued for five weeks, allies of Jeremy Corbyn are now focusing their efforts on bringing down the Government when MPs return next month.
Under plans being considered by Mr Corbyn’s inner circle, Labour could table a confidence vote 24 hours after the Commons holds a series of votes on the Government’s legislative programme.
Johnson is aware that some pro-EU Conservative MPs are more than willing to sell-out the British voters to do Brussels’ bidding. He recently accused them of “collaborating” with the Brussels.
“There’s a terrible collaboration, as it were, going on between people who think they can block Brexit in parliament and our European friends,” the Johnson revealed in a televised address mid-August.
Despite the willingness of some rebel Conservative MPs to undermine Johnson’s government over a no-deal Brexit, the prospect of backing Corbyn, whom many on the right see as an old-school Marxist, has so far prevented them from making nice with the Labour Party.
With parliament bitterly divided, the EU has appointed a known Brexit-hater to lead the talks. The newly-elected EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has tapped former EU Agriculture Commissar Phil Hogan to head the bloc’s Brexit negotiations. The Daily Telegraph described Phil Hogan as an “Irish politician with a hatred of Brexit.”
By tapping Commissar Hogan, Germany’s von der Leyen, a long-time confidant of Chancellor Angela Merkel, is pursuing her predecessor Jean-Claude Junker’s policy of punishing Britain for voting to leave the EU.
London-based The Independent newspaper reported the appointment of “EU attack dog” Hogan to the post of chief Brexit negotiator:
Ireland’s EU commissioner, an arch-critic of Brexit and Boris Johnson, is to be put in charge of negotiating trade deals for the bloc, Brussels has announced.
The appointment of Phil Hogan to the role of EU trade commissioner for the next five years will see him go up against the UK’s negotiators in talks – if the Brexit process gets that far.
Mr Hogan earlier this year rubbished the UK government’s “global Britain” plan, warning that Britain would become a “medium-sized” nation with reduced bargaining power. (…)
During Brexit talks he has developed a reputation as the Commission’s attack dog: In June last year he said the tide was going out on the “high priests of Brexit”, suggesting the British public were finally seeing through the “deception and lies” of politicians like Michael Gove and Nigel Farage, who he named.
The Brexiteers clinched a temporary victory when they forced the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to step down on Monday. Bercow voted ‘Remain’ in the 2016 EU referendum and made no secret of where his sympathies lay. Some Conservative MPs challenged his neutrality as the Speaker of the House (the Speaker of the House in Britain carries out a different function than the one in the US Congress) for driving a car with the bumper sticker: “b—-cks to Brexit, it’s not a done deal.”
The ouster was not without theatrics, with Bercow nearly tearing up before leaving the chair. Conservative Brexiteers “slammed ‘biased’ John Bercow as ‘nauseating’ after the Speaker broke down in tears as he announced he was quitting,” UK daily The Sun reported.
The Speaker played a crucial role in preventing the government from pushing a no-deal Brexit.
“Bercow has angered the Conservative government by repeatedly allowing lawmakers to seize control of parliament’s agenda to steer the course of Brexit.” the left-wing daily Guardian reported.
Given the existing power constellation in the house, the victory could be short-lived. The pro-EU MPs are likely to elect another Remainer to replace Bercow.
With the UK government and parliament reaching a deadlock, the prospect of a fresh election looks likelier than ever.
“[A] general election more likely and is seen as a positive move by Brexiteers,” the leading Brexit campaigner, Nigel Farage, predicted last month in The Telegraph.
However, both the Conservative and the Labour MPs will have a tough time if they returned to the voters without a clean Brexit after three years of fruitless debates and deliberations. As British magazine The Spectator points out: “406 constituencies voted to Leave, 242 to Remain; and nine regions voted to Leave, and just three to Remain” in the July 2016 referendum.
The spectacular rise of the Brexit Party in the UK European election held in May 2019 shows the widespread dissatisfaction with the mainstream, pro-EU parties. The Farage-led anti-EU party came out as the most significant force in those elections, winning 32 percent of the vote, compared to the Conservative party’s measly 9 percent.
This time around, Farage has agreed to “put country before party” by offering to pull out all Brexit Party candidates in favor of the Conservative contestants in a snap election scenario. In a lead editorial, British tabloid The Sun, urged the Conservatives to join forces with the rival Brexit Party. “If [Farage] and Boris’s pro-Leave Tories cannot join forces, they will wreck Brexit. And Farage’s life’s work will be for nothing,” the tabloid warned. Johnson has yet to take the Brexit Party up on this offer.
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Why is it the eft only refrain if impeachment? No matter the location. Its neer we have better ideas its the opposition has to be eliminated.
This will destroy the EU.
The other “members” of the EU are desperately searching for any exit possible.
This non-stop faking and abuse of the UK citizens has ripped the fake face-mask off the EU bureaucrats and let all their member states know the EU is un-just, cruel and just plain evil vampires sucking wealth out of its member states.
Treehouse has good discussion on this. If I was a betting man, my money is on Boris. Let see what the Queen does.
And what does Boris do if the EU decides to play a game of, “We got the first letter, but not the second.”?
Boris could drop a few thermo-nuclear bombs on top of Brussels.
They don’t have to. They can say “we’re granting the extension you asked for, whether you want it or not”.
I’ve read that it only takes one EU member (other than the UK, I’m pretty sure) voting no on the extension to scuttle it.
It’s amazing to realize that, as screwed up as our political situation is, the UK’s is even worse.
This illustrates the problem with a parliamentary system. Just like Israel is going through.
It is based on parties and collations, which means you vote for party platform rather than the individuals when it comes to heads up the government.
With so many parties involved, with their special interests, the majority party ends up neutered by having these special interest parties pushing more than their weight around because the majority needs them to form a government.
It really is a screwy system.
In Israel the votes in the various regions are voting for symbols which represent the party. No names are on the ballots.
These politicians don’t give one iota of care for what the voters wish or want, they do as they please. Just like our own politicians, but they have less accountability as individuals.
Thanks for that insight.
I’m sure our founders considered long and hard the severe faults of the UK parliamentary system.
No, they didn’t. The US House of Representatives works the exact same way as the UK House of Commons. The
yes and no
the key difference is the legislative branch in the UK is more beholden to party blocs than strict voter lines
because you see the House of Commons is the main body of the UK government and the PM is actually the “leader” of said legislative body
you can argue each system has its merits and demerits but that is a different argument
but in systems like the UK and Isreal – the lower body can actually oust Prime Ministers through a “motion of no confidence” to force a resignation
a direct example would be President Trump being beholden to the whims and actions passed solely by US House of Representatives
in the UK system – Pelosi would be able to oust Trump simply because that system would allow her to
so the Senate in this comparison is House of Lords – which is basically their judiciary branch although they also finalize the laws passed by the House of Commons
I’m not sure any government body like the one the UK and Isreal uses was in effect during the time of the Founders
much of the world at that time still ran on monarchies and dictatorships
They could really use a man like Oliver Cromwell again. After he is finished with Parliament, he can get the Mini Golf courses and Helter Skelters out of the cathedrals.
Why would the EU negotiate in good faith? Parliament has ensured the EU doesn’t have to do anything to keep the UK in the EU.
Sounds like Britain really needs a 4th of July.
Ding, ding, ding…
Internets daily winner.
What can anyone say. The situation is tense and full of difficult waters. There are lots of twists and turns and don’t be surprised if Article 50 is revoked.
That said I think Johnson has the upper hand. The question is does he want to play it? Looking at Parliament debate I couldn’t help but compare it to how Democrats react to Trump. During the Benn bill it seemed like those voting for the bill fell into two categories: the remainers trying to remain, and those who voted for it because they hated Johnson. Not a good optic.
The biggest question of all. Farage says he will make a pact with Johnson, but on his radio show ( catch it on the youtube channel LBC ) he keeps saying that he fears Johnson will go for a May like deal.
I hope he has the common sense to field Brexit candidates where they are the most useful, come up with a sizable share of the Parliament and hold Johnsons feet to the fire, rather than go scorched Earth.
Although I think we all sympathize with Farage and support his goals, he’s been kind of a twit through this whole process. He gets things going, and then right when he’s needed most he goes on walkabout for a year or whatever, and he never seems to settle in on what he is actually going to do for real. Like right now – is he going to support Boris or sabotage him for whatever reason? I don’t think anyone, including Boris, knows.
I think you’re misreading Farage completely.
Once the referendum was won, what was there for him to do?
Quite a lot, apparently.
The Globalists risk an insurrection, it won’t end well for them if they get one.
But the populous is disarmed, it’s tough to raise an insurrection when you have bats (cricket bats at that) going up against an armed force.
So ,,, when do the Rights of the people come into play ??? Brits voted to leave the EU yet the Pollute_itions have stood in the way. Either they enact the People’s desires or get out of Parliament.
Say “rights of the people” to a Eurocrat and they’ll re-enact that scene from Goodfellas where everybody’s rolling on the floor laughing.
Please note, sympathies lie. They do not lay.
The sentence is written in the past tense. “Lay” is correct.
Oh no, another political party playing the sore loser game.
I am hoping that the EU ends up just as sore a loser as Hillary.