British House of Commons backs Boris Johnson Brexit bill

By Helene Fung A 358 to 234 vote in the House of Commons approved a revised EU divorce deal, which paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to “get Brexit done” by January 31. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament.…

UK Opposition Leader to use emergency debate to prevent no deal Brexit

By Helene Fung The leader of British opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn indicated that they would trigger an emergency parliamentary debate next week to try to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson making UK leave the European Union without a Brexit deal by the 31st October deadline. Earlier in the week, Mr Johnson made the bold…

Theresa May to step down after Brexit deal negotiations fail

By Helene Fung, picture courtesy: Number 10 Facebook Page British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she intends to resign on the 7th of June outside 10 Downing Street in London, after she met with Conservative Party colleagues to work out her exit plans. She will continue in the role until after a state visit…

May offers new Brexit deal in attempt to break deadlock

Theresa May has called for British MPs to support a new Brexit deal, in an attempt to break a stalemate over the its departure from the EU. The prime minister gave a statement on her changes to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at the headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers on Tuesday local time, offering a number of incentives…

British MPs reject May’s Brexit deal

By Helene Fung British MPs rejected a component of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the Withdrawal Agreement, for the third time, 286 to 344. Last week, to prevent Britain from crashing out, the EU granted an extension to May 22 if the divorce deal was approved by Friday — or to April 12…

MPs Reject No-Deal Brexit in Vote

UK MPs will vote on a Brexit delay after Parliament ruled out a “no deal” exit from the European Union. MPs voted to reject the no deal Brexit under any circumstances by a narrow 312 to 308 margin, just 16 days before the country is due to leave the EU. Previous votes had indicated only…

Brexit Deal Voted Down in Largest Government Defeat in History

British MPs have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce plan, voting down the deal in the largest defeat in history for a sitting government. MPs voted to reject the proposal 432 votes to 202, resulting in the worst defeat for a government Britain’s recent history. The result is a huge blow for Mrs May…

UK Government Loses Key Brexit Vote Ahead of EU Summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost a key vote on the government’s Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. Members of Parliament voted for Amendment 7 to Clause 9 to the bill on Wednesday, to demand parliament pass a separate bill with the European Union (E.U.) to approve any final agreement before…

New Zealand First holds balance of power after indecisive election

The final votes from the New Zealand election have been counted, with the ruling National Party winning 44.4% of the votes and the opposition Labour Party won 36.9%. This leaves the National Party with 56 seats and Labour with 46, both short of the 61 seats needed to govern outright in the 120 seat parliament.…

Theresa May Strikes A Deal And Forms Government

Theresa May has broken the UK’s hung Parliament, forming a minority government in the wake of the General Election. Mrs May said her Conservative Party would work with the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) to form a majority in the House of Commons, after the Conservatives fell short of achieving the 326 seats needed to govern…