Brexit in Short 2

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Let’s recap…

In the last Brexit in Short article, we covered all things Brexit from the 2016 Referendum, to its official launch in March 2017, followed by deadline extension after deadline extension, leaving off with December’s general election in mind.

 

What’s happened since? 

The general election was held December 12th 2019.  Above and below the article can be found some visual representations of the poll results in terms of seats and regions.

With over 326 seats in the House of Commons allocated to Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, the Conservatives managed to secure the majority of seats and thus win the election. This was done by winning seats from the North and Midlands that are traditionally held by the Labour Party.

 

 

One reason why some voters did not vote for the Labour Party on election day is the lengthy manifesto released by the Labour Party entitled ‘It’s time for a Real Change’. From reducing the voting age to 16, free care for the elderly, reducing rail fares, free tuition fees and more, some voters deemed these new policies to be too ambitious.

Thus, the Conservatives won this general election and Boris Johnson had since been busy seeing Brexit through as previously promised. His Brexit bill has passed its stages in the House of Commons with an overwhelming majority.

However, not all are pleased with this victory. Since the Conservative victory, the Muslim Council of Britain has issued a statement saying that there is “a palpable sense of fear amongst Muslim communities”, calling out the long-term concerns about bigotry in the governing party and stating their fears that Islamophobia will become acceptable in government. Many people have shown and voiced their hostility towards the Conservative party and Boris Johnson, especially after conservatives vote down on plans to help reunite unaccompanied child refugees with UK families January 9th.

 

What’s next? 

Now that the voting has finished and Boris Johnson’s bill has been approved by the Members of Parliament, the bill will go to the House of Lords on Monday 13th. The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. The 800 members have a wide range of occupations form law, education, culture and sports. They have the task of reviewing the government’s work. In this case, they have the duty or voting on whether or not Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill should be written into law.

A request has been made for Big Ben to chime on the 31st of January to mark Brexit’s finalisation. This decision has not been made by the government yet, as for many people “January 31st will not be a cause for celebration” SNP MP Patrick Grady says. For now, we wait to hear for the House of Lord’s verdict.

 

 

Sources

Forrest, Adam. “Government hasn’t yet requested Big Ben bongs for ‘Brexit day’”. January 10th, 2020. Accessed January 13th, 2020. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-news-live-brexit-vote-bill-withdrawal-agreement-result-today-a9276281.html#post-1182953207

 

Forrest, Adam. “’Inhumane’: Tories condemned for ditching child refugee protections, as Brexit bill moves to Lords”. January 9th, 2020. Accessed January 13th, 2020. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-news-live-brexit-vote-bill-withdrawal-agreement-result-today-a9276281.html#post-1182953207

 

Gye, Hugo. “As Brexit bill goes to House of Lords, here’s why Tories have removed protections for refugees, workers and students”. January 12th, 2020. Accessed January 13th, 2020. https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-bill-house-of-lords-why-tories-removed-protections-refugees-workers-students-1362900

 

Kommenda, Niko. “Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returned as PM with all constituencies declared”. December 13th, 2019. Accessed January 13th 2020. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/dec/12/uk-general-election-2019-full-results-live-labour-conservatives-tories

 

The Guardian. “Five reasons why Labour lost the election”. n.d. Accessed January 13th 2020. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/13/five-reasons-why-labour-lost-the-election