Friday, October 18, 2019

UK’s political dilemma: Britons eye on the High Court’s decision


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

After the voting battles in the British Parliament, the UK’s political dilemma goes on this Friday, first in court and then in the upper house on. A decision is expected from the High Court in London on the question of whether the compulsory break of Parliament announced for next week is lawful. Among others, the business woman and activist Gina Miller and ex-Prime Minister John Major had sued. They see an inadmissible political maneuver by the Prime Minister in the interruption of up to five weeks Boris Johnson to push through his Brexit course.

The British House of Lords is expected to pass the law on October 31st for an unregulated exit from the EU on Friday. A vote is expected around 18.00 (CEST). If the Lords make changes to the bill, he would have to go back to the lower house on Monday before the law Queen Elizabeth II. Can be submitted for signature.

The bill had passed all three readings in the lower house on Wednesday against the will of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It stipulates that the Prime Minister must submit a request for a three-month extension of the Brexit deadline, which expires on October 31, if no EU exit agreement has been ratified by October 19.

Johnson insisted on Thursday that he would rather be “dead in the ditch” then apply for a Brexit shift. The head of government, who was always bursting with self-confidence, appeared unsettled during a visit to police officers in Leeds, northern England. Sometimes he lost the thread or missed the punch lines if he wanted to make one of his jokes.

Johnson was in recent days because of his harsh crackdown against party opponents in the criticism. UK’s political dilemma deepened on Thursday, even his brother, Jo Johnson, resigned as Secretary of State in protest and also resigned his seat on the Tories. “I’ve been torn between family loyalty and national interest in the past few weeks – it’s an irresolvable tension”, Jo Johnson wrote on Twitter.

Boris Johnson had previously thrown 21 Tory rebels from the faction, who had voted in the dispute over the Prime Minister’s Brexit course against his own government. Among them are prominent members such as the Old President and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ken Clarke, and the grandson of the War Premier, Winston Churchill, Nicholas Soames.

Despite all adversities, Johnson ventures on Monday a new start to enforce a new election. The prime minister wants to have his election on 15 October, then to appear at the EU summit two days later with a mandate for his Brexit course. Boris Johnson would have needed a two-thirds majority.

Johnson is likely to see better chances for Monday, as opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labor Party had stressed that he would only agree to a new election if the law against the No Deal – that is an unregulated exit from the United Kingdom with potentially chaotic consequences – in force has entered. This condition would probably be met on Monday. But with Labor, everything is unanimous as to whether Johnson should get his desired date for the election.

Read also: UK falls back to ancient times

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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