Brexit: Amber Rudd Slams the Door of a British Government in Crisis

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Brexit: Amber Rudd slams the door of a British government in crisis

Employment and pensions minister, Amber Rudd, announced her resignation on Saturday 8th September 2019 in disagreement with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy.

The UK’s Minister of Employment and Pensions, Amber Rudd, announced her resignation on Saturday 8th September 2019, in disagreement with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy, which is brewing into a political crisis.

” I can not stay “

“I can not stay while good, loyal moderate Conservatives are excluded,” said in a statement the minister and MP, referring to the exclusion of the Conservative Party of 21 MPs who voted this week with the opposition a bill to avoid a Brexit without an agreement, commononly known as a No-Deal.

Amber Rudd, 56, leaves both the government, which she was a heavyweight and the Conservative Party, criticizing very strongly the strategy of the Prime Minister in a letter posted on Twitter.

She who voted to stay in the European Union in the referendum of June 2016 believes that the “main objective” of the government is no longer to obtain an exit agreement with the European Union.

“The government spends a lot of energy preparing for a” no-deal “but I have not seen the same degree of intensity in our discussions with the European Union,” she denounces.

This is another blow for the head of the government, which no longer has a majority in Parliament and whose Brexit strategy was bypassed by Parliament.

MPs and the Lords have adopted this week a bill that forced him to postpone by three months the date of Brexit, scheduled for October 31, if he does not find a divorce agreement with the European Union by the October 19, just after the next European Council.

The text must receive the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, as of Monday, to become law.

A new Brexit report, originally scheduled for March 29 and postponed twice, will require unanimous approval by the 27 other EU member states.

However, Boris Johnson strongly opposes any further postponement of Brexit.

Demonstration calling for the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 7 September 2019 in London.
Demonstration calling for the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 7 September 2019 in London. (© AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS)

” Last chance “

In a statement to the tabloids Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express , she accuses “a group of MP’s, headed by Jeremy Corbyn, the head of Labour, the main opposition party, wanting to” block Brexit “and” force this country to accept even more procrastination and delays. ”

“I refuse to accept this unnecessary report from Corbyn.”

Boris Johnson plans to give a “last chance” Monday to the opposition to vote for early elections but if it is a failure, the government “simply continue.”

According to the Sunday Times, Boris Johnson is ready to fight in the Supreme Court to determine if he can ignore this law imposing a postponement of Brexit.

The government has already tried this week to get MPs to approve early elections, but they have rejected this option.

The second attempt on Monday does not seem better. Green co-leader Sian Berry told the BBC on Saturday that opposition parties are “absolutely united” in their refusal to approve early elections until the risk of a Brexit without agreement is removed. .

Read also: Brexit: the British Parliament suspended until 14 October

The opposition learns about the consequences of a possible passage to force Boris Johnson.

According to the opinion of leading lawyers for Labour and consulted by The Observer magazine, Boris Johnson would face a series of sanctions.

One of the lawyers consulted, Philippe Sands, explained that the former Minister of Foreign Affairs could even be in prison if he did not respect the will of Parliament. “He will bow (to the law) or resign,” said Sands.

“While this government is disintegrating, the need and the urgency to stop Brexit can not be clearer – we need a popular vote with the option to stay (in the EU),” argues Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. Her party welcomed three new members this week, including Phillip Lee, who had left the Conservative Party.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street on September 5, 2019 in London.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street on September 5, 2019 in London. (© AFP / Archives / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS)

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