London On Friday, the United Kingdom missed its second Brexit deadline. The UK’s inability to leave the EU on time is already impacting British and European politics. On the same day that Brexit didn’t happen , Nigel Farage, the former leader of the anti-EU UKIP, launched his new political movement, the Brexit Party. Theresa May defends Brexit delay amid calls to resign Farage, a Member of the European Parliament since 1999, says his party would target voters across the political spectrum who have been «betrayed» by the political class.
He is placing a £1,000 bet on the Brexit Party winning the European elections and says that there will be «no more Mr. Nice Guy» on the campaign battlefield. In 2014, he led his former party to victory in the UK. European elections have notoriously low turnout, which can work in the favor of more radical politicians chasing the protest vote. In 2014, this meant UKIP, a party without a single seat in the UK Parliament, sent more MEPs to Brussels than any mainstream party.
Read More This time, Farage will be able to use the single most divisive issue in the country to his advantage. Even if his party isn’t as successful as he hopes, it’s likely that a large chunk of the MEPs the UK sends will be euroskeptic. This should worry the EU. As a full member state, the UK will have voting rights and be able to frustrate the EU’s plans as long as it remains inside the bloc.
«The EU has not been sincerely cooperative during the Brexit process, so I don’t think we owe a duty of cooperation to the EU in return,» Rees-Mogg said. The EU has not been sincerely cooperative during the Brexit process, so I don’t think we owe a duty of cooperation to the EU in return.
«MEPs from the UK would have a vote on those. » The Brexit failure is also affecting domestic politics in London. With both camps so divided on the Brexit question, any compromise would lead to chaos among both parties’ MPs. Even on that question, there is division on whether that vote should include the option to scrap Brexit altogether.
Kate Hoey, a Labour MP who campaigned for Brexit, says «any Labour government that signs up to the customs union would not be able to deliver radical policies like using state aid or nationalization. I do not see any customs union compromise that doesn’t break the promises in either parties’ 2017 manifestos.» Few in London expect the talks between the two parties to go anywhere. Add to this the fact that the Labour Party can smell blood and has been in campaign mode for months. Here’s what you need to know about Brexit 03:19 While ex-UKIP leader Farage and others might still be hopeful of a pure, clean Brexit, the impasse has also lit a fire under Remain factions in the UK.
«It’s April 29 and Britain hasn’t left the European Union. Brexit is defeating itself,» Wes Streeting, a pro-EU Labour MP told me earlier this week. He says the campaign for a second referendum is in a far stronger position than many believed it ever could be. Tom Brufatto, head of campaigns for the People’s Vote, thinks that getting past March 29 was a «sigh of relief for a majority of people in the UK. »
I think there will be a mobilization of voters who want to take part in what will be the most important and high-profile election in the history of the European Union.
«The extension was seen as a beacon hope,» he said. The EU has given Britain breathing space to sort itself out. Its attempt to restore some semblance of calm to the Brexit process could lead to some of the bloodiest political battles yet.
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