Sep 4, 2019

U.K. PM's party to expel Winston Churchill's grandson over Brexit vote

Sir Nicholas Soames at England's Ascot Racecourse in July. Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Sir Nicholas Soames, grandson of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, told the BBC Tuesday he would be among 21 lawmakers expelled from the ruling Conservative Party for voting against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit.

The big picture: The rebel Conservative lawmakers voted on Tuesday with opposition members of Parliament to take control of the legislative agenda in an effort to stop Johnson from forcing through a no-deal Brexit so Britain can leave the European Union on Oct. 31.

  • Hours later, a spokesperson for Johnson said party MPs who did not support the prime minister would be expelled, per the Financial Times. That means they will have the whip removed, being deselected as party representatives, and will not be able to stand at the next election.

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Westminster mayhem

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: House of Commons/PA Images via Getty Images

The U.K. House of Commons voted 327-299 on Wednesday to pass a bill forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a Brexit extension rather than take the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce deal.

Why it matters: Less than a day after expelling 21 rebel lawmakers from his own Conservative Party, Johnson saw his government defeated in Parliament for the 2nd consecutive time. Hours later, Parliament rejected Johnson's proposal to hold a general election on Oct. 15, which he hoped could earn him a fresh majority to resolve the Brexit impasse.

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U.K. Supreme Court rules Parliament's suspension is unlawful

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the United Nations General Assembly Hall Monday. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision by all 11 justices Tuesday that the ongoing suspension of Parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is unlawful, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: In response to the decision, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has ruled that the Commons will sit Wednesday morning — prompting a dilemma for Johnson, who is currently at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Everything you need to know about Brexit

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On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom shocked the world and voted to “Brexit,” or leave the European Union. After more than three years of uncertainty and fractured politics, the U.K. officially exited the EU on Jan. 31, 2020.

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