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One election, two winners, three losers The United Kingdom went to the polls in a general election on 12th December – the first winter election for almost a century.  Boris Johnson’s Conservatives campaigned on a strong “Get Brexit Done” slogan, against most other parties arguing for a second referendum or to stop Brexit altogether (Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in contrast were arguing that Johnson’s deal was not really Brexit).  Johnson’s Conservatives won 47 seats to…
Brexit delayed again – now it’s off to the races in a General Election Despite having finally achieved a Parliamentary majority in favour of a way of delivering Brexit, in the Second Reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on 22nd October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided – in the face of Parliament’s refusal to allow him to put the Bill through very rapidly so as to meet the 31st October Brexit deadline – to pursue…
The UK Parliament met on Saturday for the fourth time in the past century, on 19th October, to vote on the revised Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the Prime Minister and his EU counterparts. The date mattered, because under the Benn Act the Prime Minister would have to seek an extension to the 31st October Brexit deadline unless Parliament had approved the deal by 19th October. In the event, the vote as such never happened. Instead,…
Please note that this is an update to our blog post ‘Brexit – So What Happens Now?’, published on 8 October. The UK Parliament was prorogued (i.e. suspended) again on Tuesday 8th October, but this time inside a week as is usual before a Queen’s Speech on 14th October which set out the Government’s agenda for the coming year. It all however had a slight air of unreality about it, as most observers think that…
The UK Parliament will be prorogued (i.e. suspended) again on Tuesday 8th October, but this time inside a week as is usual before a Queen’s Speech on 14th October setting out the Government’s agenda for the coming year.  It all however has a slight air of unreality about it, as most observers think that there will have to be an election in the coming months – probably before the end of the year.  The real…
“A week is a long time in politics” – Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister, in 1964 The first week of Parliamentary scrutiny for Boris Johnson’s Government has certainly lived up to Harold Wilson’s famous aphorism.  MPs returned from their summer break to the news that the Prime Minister intended to close down (“prorogue”) Parliament after one week until 14th October.  This spurred those opposed to a “no deal” Brexit into action, with the result that:…
The new Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, has taken up office following his decisive (66% : 34%) victory in the contest among Conservative Party members who were presented with a choice between him and the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. He promised during the campaign to take the UK out of the EU by 31 October (when the extension to the Article 50 Brexit process expires) “do or die”. In his first speech as…