UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long?

UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long?

Politicians elected for these reallocated seats will in limbo – unable to take up their place until the UK and its MEPs leave//Crimson Tazvinzwa
Almost three years after voting to leave the European Union, Britons will go to the polls to elect new MEPs after Brexit was delayed. Continue reading UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long?

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Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope, The biggest threat to HIS leadership bid IS Boris himself

Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope, The biggest threat to HIS leadership bid IS Boris himself

The biggest threat to Boris’s leadership bid could be Boris himself//JAMES FOSYTHThe biggest threat to Boris’s leadership bid could be Boris himself//JAMES FOSYTH

The worse things are for the Tories, the better for Boris Johnson. If the Tories were ahead in the polls, he’d have little hope of becoming leader. MPs would choose someone more clubbable, less divisive, and more interested in them personally: who didn’t annoy so many of them so much. But Tory MPs are now contemplating an existential crisis. Tory voters are defecting en masse to Nigel Farage’s Brexit party. The Conservative party’s survival may well turn on winning these voters back, and the former foreign secretary — the tribune of Leave, the buccaneering Brexiteer, the darling of the grassroots — is the most obvious person to do that. Suddenly, Boris is back and in contention for the leadership again. The question now is: can he do what it takes to win? Continue reading Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope, The biggest threat to HIS leadership bid IS Boris himself

Theresa May Told Her Time Is Up, Got upset

Theresa May Told Her Time Is Up, Got upset

Boris Johnson Is Slim, Trimmed and Ready to Fight for Power

The meeting was tense and at one point Theresa May was visibly upset. But by its conclusion, forced by her own party, she’d agreed to set a timeline to quit as U.K. prime minister.

The premier spent more than an hour in her office behind the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons, locked in discussions with a panel of the most powerful rank-and-file members of Parliament in her Conservative Party as she sought to buy time for her failing leadership so she could get her Brexit deal approved by the chamber, which has thrice rejected it.

After the rest of the panel — called the 1922 Committee — had filed out, May and its chairman, Graham Brady, hammered out a joint statement. Under the terms, May will try one last time to get the Brexit deal approved in a vote in Parliament at the beginning of June. After that, regardless of the outcome, she’ll meet again with Brady to chart her departure. Continue reading Theresa May Told Her Time Is Up, Got upset

Prime Minister Theresa May ‘in tears’ as she is forced to say when she will quit

Prime Minister Theresa May ‘in tears’ as she is forced to say when she will quit

Boris Johnson threw his hat into the ring yesterday, saying he would ‘go for it’ referring to the Tory party leadership

Theresa May was said to have had tears in her eyes as she was told MPs have run out of patience for her to announce her departure date. The Prime Minister has been fighting to keep her Brexit deal alive and prolong her position, but her grip on power has weakened.

She has been told she must go by June 30 at the latest so that the Tories can hold a leadership election. Campaigning for that job has effectively already begun with Boris Johnson announcing yesterday that he would ‘go for it’. She met with senior members of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs in what has been described as an ’emotionally-charged’ meeting yesterday. Mrs May’s chances of receiving Labour support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) appear to be fading, with Jeremy Corbyn’s party frustrated at the lack of progress in cross-party talks and the prospect of a new prime minister tearing up any compromise. Continue reading Prime Minister Theresa May ‘in tears’ as she is forced to say when she will quit

Deadline on cross-party talks as May announces fresh vote on Brexit deal

Deadline on cross-party talks as May announces fresh vote on Brexit deal

The move places a deadline on cross-party talks with Labour, with Number 10 expressing a “determination” to bring them to an end.

The government will bring forward a key piece of Brexit legislation at the start of next month, Downing Street has said.

Number 10 said MPs will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which enshrines the prime minister’s Brexit plan into UK law, in the week beginning 3 June.

The announcement came following what Downing Street said were “useful and constructive” talks between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Continue reading Deadline on cross-party talks as May announces fresh vote on Brexit deal