How Many Prime Ministers Does It Take To Make BREXIT Happen?
The British Parliament supported the proposal of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold early elections on December 12. The exit of the UK from the European Union was postponed until January 31, 2020.
The United Kingdom is finally confused on the issue of leaving from the European Court. The early elections are supposed to sort all the issues. There were no early elections in the state for 96 years, but current circumstances require extraordinary decisions.
Now is the time, when using the electoral process, British people must decide which political party and which exit plan they want to choose, or they might even change their minds about leaving.
Boris Johnson Compromise
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, since the time he came to power, was claiming, that the country would definitely leave the EU on October 31, over and over again. But, as we all know, it didn’t happen.
The British Parliament did not support the draft agreement on secession from the European Union proposed by Johnson. Therefore, the prime minister had to accept the EU proposal to extend the Brexit process until January 31 and initiate early elections. Johnson justified the need for elections by the fact that the public should have a “choice” regarding the future of Brexit and the country. Therefore, the early elections, in fact, will probably turn into a referendum on Brexit. They might take the country from a dead end.
Who Are The Front-Runners?
The Conservative Party, despite all the recent defeats in all their attempts to pull the country out of the EU, continues to hold first place in most polls. Now, according to the average results of the polls, the Conservative Party rating is higher than the rating of the main opposition force, the Labor Party, by about 10%. But ratings may change significantly during the election campaign.
Boris Johnson expects that his conservatives will win the majority of seats in the House of Commons in these elections and thereby receive a mandate from voters to pursue their EU policy: the stalemate in parliament will be overcome, the withdrawal agreement approved, and Britain will formally leave the EU on January 31.
The Laborites stated that the party would not support any proposal for a new election until the risk of leaving the EU without an agreement is removed. Now, with the new postponement, there is a chance to still edit the existing agreement and prevent a hard exit, so the overwhelming majority of Labor voted “for” the re-election. Now they have a good chance to further strengthen their position in parliament.
The Liberal Party is promoting the idea of a new referendum on leaving the EU, and now, due to all the problems with Brexit, this idea is gaining more and more popularity.
For the sake of winning the election, the opposition even wants to reduce the electoral age from 18 to 16 years, as well as giving the right to vote to EU citizens living in Britain. Quite a smartass moves, aren’t those, to change the rules of the elections right before they start? The EU citizens living in Britain are estimated to be around 3.7 million; 16-17 yo Brits are about one and a half million. Most of all these people, as the opposition estimates, are opposed to leaving the EU and, accordingly, against conservatives and Johnson. These voices could very seriously change the alignment of the elections. The government threatened to withdraw the draft election decision if amendments were adopted.
Officially, the government explained its position by the fact that such serious changes in the electoral law should be thoroughly discussed, and not introduced in a rush, for specific elections; moreover, nowhere in the EU, the citizens of one country are allowed to vote in parliamentary elections of the other country.
The UK Treasury minted a batch of commemorative collectible coins on the Brexit theme. The date of October 31 was minted on 50-pence, coins. In total, it was planned to issue up to 10 million of such coins; how many have already managed to mint is unknown. Now they are just a piece of garbage and shall be melted down.
The Treasury stated that the forced melting of coins will be carried out “at the expense of own revenues”, and not at the expense of taxpayers. The ministry also noted that when Britain nevertheless will leave the EU, a new commemorative coin will be minted. The Treasury originally planned to issue a limited batch of commemorative coins by the very first Brexit date – March 29. So, how many times will they have to change a date on those coins?