- The EU approved a Brexit postponement until 31 January 2020
- New elections will take place on 12th December
Boris Johnson shows up fighting TV debate with Corbyn
Tuesday, November 19, 8:36 pm: Shortly before the televised debate between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, the incumbent head of government Johnson made a fierce appearance in a public appearance. When visiting a boxing hall near Manchester, the 55-year-old climbed into the boxing ring on Tuesday with "Get Brexit Done" gloves and told ITV that he was looking forward to a clash with his rival Corbyn.
"Parliament is blocking Brexit, we need to pull through Brexit so that we can move forward with our plans for the whole country," Johnson said. Earlier, in a letter to Corbyn, he questioned his rival's plans for the Brexit question. With a new referendum, Corbyn would only continue to offer the British "procrastination and delay."
Johnson, who is traveling the country with the campaign slogan "Get Brexit Done," promises to lead the UK out of the EU on January 31st. Corbyn, however, wants to renegotiate Johnson's proposed exit agreement and hold a new Brexit referendum in the UK.
The vice-party leader of the Labor Party, John McDonnell, criticized Johnson on Tuesday for his previous social and labor policies. "We know whose side Boris Johnson is on the side of billionaires, bankers and big business people," he said.
The outcome of the early parliamentary election on 12 December is, according to experts, uncertain. According to a survey by Britain Elects, the Tories are currently getting close to 38 percent of the vote, Labor at just over 28 percent. The approval for the Brexit party is therefore close to nine percent.
About four weeks before the general election in the UK, the two politicians come together on Tuesday evening (21.00 CET) for the first TV debate in the election campaign. In the live televised debate, politicians are asked questions by the spectators. The format was challenged by smaller parties – the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats had appealed in court against their exclusion from the debate. However, the Supreme Court rejected its lawsuit on Monday.
Johnson's party under pressure – Police investigate electoral fraud
Sunday, November 17, 1:22 pm: After complaints about possible attempts by the Conservative Party in connection with the parliamentary election in December, the British police are now investigating. Police allege two allegations of electoral fraud and abuse of office, police said Saturday.
Labor MP Charlie Falconer, as a member of the House of Lords, had asked the police in a letter on Friday to investigate reports. According to them, the Conservatives of Prime Minister Boris Johnson had tried to persuade Brexit party politicians to withdraw their candidacy for the election. In Falconer's opinion, these attempts raised "serious questions about the integrity" of the election on December 12 and could violate the electoral law.
Brexit party boss Nigel Farage had announced on Thursday to share his displeasure regarding any job offers to party members with the police. He accused high-ranking Conservative members of "calling our candidates and offering them jobs if they retire." The claims Johnson had already dismissed on Friday as "nonsense". Sure, there are talks between the two parties, he told the BBC.
At the beginning of the week, Farage had surprisingly announced that his party would not compete in 317 constituencies that were last won by the Conservative Party. In British majority voting, the candidate wins the most votes in each constituency.
Labor vice and Brexit opponents Watson does not want to stand for reelection and puts down party office
Thursday, 07. November, 02.26 clock: British Labor Party vice-president Tom Watson will not stand for the parliamentary election on December 12th. Watson announced this on Wednesday evening in the short message service Twitter.
He would also lay down his party office. In the election campaign he wants to support his party but still. Watson was considered a moderate counterpart to the left party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Time and again there were open differences of opinion between the two Social Democratic politicians. Only in September, the Brexit opponent Watson demanded a second referendum on the EU exit. His party should be behind the demand to cancel Brexit; only then should it come to a new election, he demanded.
Shortly afterwards, Corbyn announced that he was seeking a new election and then a referendum. Watson was almost overthrown at the Labor Party Congress a few weeks later.
Despite the differences with Corbyn, Watson emphasized that his decision was "personal, not political." He joins a whole bunch of pro-European politicians who no longer want to run for parliament. Corbyn thanked his vice in a reply that was also posted on Twitter. "I respect your conclusion that it is in the best interests of you and your family to step back," Corbyn wrote.