The Mother of Parliaments is now home to the mother of all crises. Brexit has tested the UK’s institutions and unwritten constitution to their limits. We are in uncharted waters – and in Theresa May’s case, in a rapidly sinking boat without a life vest.
The Maybot – inept, and stubborn as a mule – is determined to push through her hated Brexit deal. This is despite the fact that she has racked up the first and fourth largest defeats in parliamentary history.
Read more at https://www.marxist.com/britain-s-mother-of-all-crises.htm
Conservatives and Labour could both split over Brexit divisions, Vince Cable says
THE third defeat of the Leave-in-name-only deal cooked up by Theresa May and EU negotiator Michel Barnier leaves big business panicking and Britain’s political system in crisis.
Manufacturing capitalists’ group Make UK boss Stephen Phipson says business is “devastated.” Institute of Directors chief Edwin Morgan slams the “spirit-sapping limbo” that has engulfed our politics.
Ruling-class unity is shattering; former Bank of England chief Mervyn King now pushes a no-deal exit that the Bank under his successor Mark Carney has repeatedly depicted as disastrous.
Read more at https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/e/only-labour-can-deliver-us-brexit-paralysis
THERESA MAY was told to resign and call a general election today after MPs rejected her Brexit plan for a third time.
The Commons voted down the EU Withdrawal Agreement by 344 votes to 286, a majority of 58.
They did not vote on the Political Declaration, as the government chose to separate it from the agreement in a bid to circumvent parliamentary rules barring Ms May from presenting the proposals for a third vote unless they were substantially different from what had been rejected before.
Read more at https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/three-strikes-and-may-should-be-out
Labour frontbencher resigns to vote against second referendum
27 Mar 2019
Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow housing minister has resigned and three shadow cabinet ministers abstained in protest against a three-line whip to vote in favour of plans for a second referendum.
Melanie Onn confirmed she had resigned to vote against the option in the ballot of MPs on Wednesday and the shadow cabinet ministers Jon Trickett, Ian Lavery and Andrew Gwynne all abstained to register their discomfort with the plan. Labour confirmed on Wednesday that it would expect MPs to support a motion, tabled by Margaret Beckett, which said parliament should not ratify any Brexit deal “unless and until” it has been approved in a “confirmatory public vote”.
Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/27/labour-barry-gardiner-brexit-is-not-remain-party-and-support-for-public-vote-motion-difficult
Thousands of pro-Brexit protesters shut down Westminster on what should have been our independence day
29 March 2019
THOUSANDS of pro-Brexit protesters have shut down Westminster this afternoon as they celebrated what should have been our independence day.
Today Parliament Square was jam-packed with passionate activists rallying for Brexit – who were furious that our official exit day has been scrapped.
Aerial views shows the crowds filling up every space available in front of the Houses of Parliament and along Whitehall, with traffic diverted elsewhere.
Fuming Brexiteers marched through central London, sang Land of Hope and Glory, cheered and waved their flags.
Read more at https://brexitfeed.blogspot.com/2019/03/thousands-of-pro-brexit-protesters-shut.html
“No deal” Brexit threatened after May’s EU withdrawal agreement rejected for third time
30 March 2019
Needing the support of 318 MPs, British Prime Minister Theresa May secured just 286 votes on her proposed European Union withdrawal agreement on Friday.
With 344 MPs against, a majority of 58, the margin of defeat was narrower than the two previous defeats—230 votes in January and 149 earlier in March. But the defeat triggered an EU stipulation that moves forward the new exit date from May 22 to April 12.
With parliament’s speaker, the pro-Remain Tory John Bercow, ruling that May could not bring her deal back a third time unaltered, Friday’s vote was on whether to accept only the Withdrawal Agreement and not the Political Declaration that goes with it. The Political Declaration is a shorter, 26-page document setting out the UK’s aspirations for future relations with the EU.
Read more at https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/30/brex-m30.html