Sep 5, 2019

Boris Johnson's brother quits Parliament over Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's brother, Jo Johnson, announced Thursday that he will resign as a member of Parliament and government education minister, saying he's "torn between family loyalty and national interest."

Why it matters: Jo's decision to stand down as an MP at the next election, which could come as soon as next month, is a "thinly-veiled attack" on Boris' leadership, per the Financial Times. Jo supported remaining in the European Union in 2016, but Boris has pledged a "do or die" stance to ensure Brexit takes place on Oct. 31.

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What's next for Brexit bedlam

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It was a week of absolute mayhem in the world of Brexit and U.K. politics. In case you missed it: Boris Johnson sacked a healthy chunk of the Conservative Party's MPs after they rebelled, the opposition did its best to block a no-deal Brexit and Johnson failed to get a snap election on the books.

What's next: It's fanciful to say with certainty how it plays out from here (BuzzFeed News has a fun rundown of all of the possibilities), but here are 3 things that are reasonably likely to occur.

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Parliament blocks Boris Johnson from calling snap election for 2nd time

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On the U.K. Parliament's last night before beginning a month-long suspension, Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed for the 2nd time to earn the two-thirds majority necessary to call a snap general election.

Why it matters: Johnson was hoping to use an election to circumvent a law passed by Parliament last week that will require him to seek a Brexit extension rather than crash out of the EU without a deal on Oct. 31. The prime minister has said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than seek an extension, but he now appears to be left with little other choice outside of breaking the law.

Go deeperArrowSep 9, 2019

France says EU won't grant Brexit extension if U.K. doesn't have a plan

Boris Johnson leads a bull around a pen as he visits Darnford Farm in Aberdeen, Scotland. Photo: Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday that the European Union will not grant the U.K. an extension to its Oct. 31 Brexit deadline if the current situation doesn't change, Bloomberg reports.

"We won’t start over again every three months. Let the British Parliament, let the British authorities tell us what’s the path."
Go deeperArrowSep 8, 2019