Sep 1, 2019

In photos: Thousands protest across U.K. Boris Johnson's Brexit move

Protesters rally in central London against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament. Photo: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the U.K. Saturday against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to cut short parliamentary debate and push through Brexit, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Per the NYT, protesters regard Johnson's plans to suspend parliament for a period just before Britain's Oct. 31. deadline for exiting the European Union as anti-democratic. Many are also angry that he did not call a general election after he was elected leader of the Conservative Party on the promise that he will deliver Brexit — with or without a deal. Most members of Parliament oppose a no-deal Brexit.

Protesters in Whitehall, in the inner London borough of Westminster. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Crowd of protesters outside the prime minister's residence on Downing Street. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Many young people are protesting. Just over 70% of 18- to 24-year-olds who voted in the 2016 referendum backed Britain to remain in the EU, per the BBC. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
A pro-Brexit supporter with a placard during the pro-EU demonstrations in London. Photo: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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In photos: 2020 Democratic candidates flock to Iowa steak fry

The crowd at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday. Photo: Polk County Democrats/Facebook

Organizers of the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, say more than 12,200 attend Saturday's event, as 17 of the 19 Democratic presidential candidates made their pitch to voters in the state.

The big picture: The gathering comes less than 5 months ahead of the Iowa caucuses —the first to take place in the U.S.

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Dorian's devastation in Bahamas: What you need to know

A Marsh Harbour resident with donations. Photo: Alejandro Granadillo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

More than 2 weeks since Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas, the death toll remains at 50, but government data shows 1,300 people are still listed as missing, while much of the archipelago faced another tropical storm this weekend.

The latest: Bahamians escaped the bulk of storm Humberto, now a hurricane, as it passed offshore, but it still lashed the islands with sustained winds of 70 mph. The National Hurricane Center said. And Humberto's outer rain bands are forecast to dump 1–2 inches of additional rain with isolated storm total amounts of 6 inches.

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Boris Johnson expected to call election if he loses Brexit vote

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside his official residence at 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The U.K. government plans to table a motion to hold a general election on Oct. 14 if it's defeated by lawmakers opposed to a no-deal Brexit Tuesday, officials told British news outlets. Conservative members of parliament face expulsion from the ruling party if they vote against the government.

Why it matters: Prime Minister Boris Johnson was elected Conservative Party leader on the promise that he would deliver Brexit — with or without a deal. Rebel conservative lawmakers are joining forces with Labour to bring a bill designed to stop the U.K. from exiting the EU on Oct. 31 without a deal, per the BBC.

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