LONDON - By the standards of British elections, the weekend rally at the Mermaid Theatre here was stunning - as two former prime ministers, the Conservative John Major and Labour's Tony Blair, told the audience that voters need not feel duty-bound to back candidates from their parties in Thursday's election. The unusual rebellious call by the two elder statesmen - who both oppose Britain leaving the European Union - comes as many feel the choice in coming election is the worst in a generation. Voters confess unease with the erudite but untrustworthy Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his plan for a hard, swift Brexit, and with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his own hard-left plan to remake the British economy under a socialist banner. As the two main parties have moved away from the center and toward what many consider the extremes, voters in the middle are wondering where to go. This is especially so for the half of the country that doesn't like Brexit. The former Conservative prime … [Read more...] about In Britain’s ‘appalling’ election, voters in the middle don’t like either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn
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Boris Johnson today bowed to pressure and agreed to take part in a live televised Tory leadership debate after being accused of being a coward and hiding by rivals as the race to replace Theresa May turned nasty. But the former foreign secretary has snubbed the first planned multi-candidate programme, due to be broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday, saying he will instead appear in a second event the BBC on Tuesday. The move means he will will face a less crowded field of opponents. It takes place almost immediately after the next round of leadership votes, in which several of the six remaining candidates are expected to fail to meet the 33 vote target to progress to round three. Mr Johnson's announcement, made to the BBC, came after he was taunted by Jeremy Hunt over his failure to commit to going head-to-head with other challengers for the Tory leadership. Mr Hunt claimed that his rival had to be a 'little bit braver' amid anger at Mr Johnson's 'submarine' strategy of avoiding … [Read more...] about Boris WILL join TV debate… but only AFTER the next round of voting – by which time contest could be virtually decided
TODAY’S Conservative Party conference is all about one person: Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson booked the largest room in the conference centre, with enough space for 700, but people nevertheless started queuing three hours early. He came flanked by a bigger entourage of security guards and minders than he ever commanded as foreign secretary. The journalists were as fevered as many of the delegates and began queuing just as early. The tabloids rejoiced in the fact that Mr Johnson had trolled the prime minister by jogging through a field of wheat near his Oxfordshire home (Ms May once remarked that the naughtiest thing she had done as a child was to run through a wheat field). The Sun revealed that Mr Johnson had talked to “senior Tories” about making a leadership bid and said that, if he were to do so, he’d delay Brexit for at least six months in order to restart negotiations. Mr Johnson laid out nothing less than an alternative manifesto for the future of the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson takes centre stage—from the sidelines
Boris Johnson is urging MPs to back his Brexit deal in a final bid to get the UK to leave the EU in nine days' time.MPs will vote on the PM's Withdrawal Agreement Bill and if they back it they will be asked to approve a three-day timetable to consider the legislation.But the decision to curtail the scrutiny of the bill to three days has sparked anger from opposition MPs.Mr Johnson told the Commons backing the deal meant MPs could "get Brexit done and move our country on".But the BBC's Norman Smith said the PM looks set for a "deeply damaging" defeat over the timetable.However, the prime minister seems on course to win an important symbolic victory with MPs poised to back his Brexit bill in principle, our assistant political editor added.MPs will begin a number of votes on Mr Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which was published on Monday, at about 19:00 BST. Elsewhere, European Council President Donald Tusk has told the European Parliament in Strasbourg he is consulting the 27 EU … [Read more...] about Brexit: Boris Johnson in last push to get deal through
Voting day in the December general election is now less than a week away, after the chaotic Brexit negotiations in Westminster led MPs to back Boris Johnson's call for a vote on Oct 29. Since Parliament was officially dissolved on Nov 6, the UK political parties have been preparing for the upcoming election, with candidates promoting their campaigns, pledges and promises across the country. When is the general election? The UK general election is set to take place on Dec 12. While most of us wouldn't typically associate the final month of the year with political votes, back in the early 20th century, three general elections took place in December 1910, 1918 and 1923. What time do polling stations open and close? On polling day, voting centres will operate from 7am until 10pm. How do I vote in the general election? Firstly, you need to be registered to vote, which is done via the GOV.UK website. The deadline to register was … [Read more...] about What date is voting day in the 2019 general election, and when will we know the results?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a Brexit showdown with parliament on Saturday after clinching a last-minute divorce deal with the European Union that his Northern Irish allies oppose.In an extraordinary Saturday sitting, the first since 1982, parliament will vote on approving Johnson’s deal. Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31. But Johnson, whose Conservative Party has no majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, will face a deeply divided parliament where his opponents are trying to force both a delay to Brexit and another referendum. Other options include collapsing his government so that others can take control of Brexit negotiations. WHEN IS PARLIAMENT SITTING?Parliament will sit from 0830 GMT on Saturday Oct. 19 - the first time since April 3, 1982 when it discussed the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. Johnson will make a statement to lawmakers, after which there will be a 90-minute debate and then a vote.The final vote … [Read more...] about Britain’s ‘Super Saturday’ Brexit showdown in parliament