Friday, 22 November, 2019

Boris Johnson's party suffers defeat in United Kingdom special election

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks alongside Home Secretary Priti Patel during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London Britain Brecon and Radnorshire by-election result – Jane Dodds wins for Lib Dems - Daily Star
Patty Aguilar | 05 August, 2019, 02:55

Davies protested his innocence and contested the seat again, but saw the Liberal Democrats' Jane Dodds overturn his previous majority of 8,038 and win by a margin of 1,425 votes.

The Brecon vote was triggered when Conservative lawmaker Chris Davies was ousted by a petition of constituents after being convicted of falsifying expenses.

The Tory loss will add to the prime minister's challenges to steer Brexit through parliament and may increase the chances of a snap general election.

Welsh sheep farmers are anxious that the 27 remaining members of the European Union will throw up barriers to their lamb exports in case of a messy "no-deal" divorce.

Johnson is expected to face a showdown with lawmakers in the autumn over his vow to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 with or without a divorce deal.

The result means it will be even harder -- many will say impossible- - for Boris to get a no-deal Brexit through parliament by October 31, even though he has got a new clock installed in 10 Downing Street to show time ticking down to the deadline he has imposed for his government.

Allen has launched a new campaign which would ensure cross-party agreement between anti-Brexit parties at a future general election.

The centrist Liberal Democrats have seen their support surge because of their call for the U.K.to remain in the bloc.

At the by-election, the Conservatives came second with 12,401 votes and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party came third with 3,331 votes.

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Labour won just 5% of the votes in Brecon.

However, Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover who has had the party whip removed over allegations of sexual assault, is still expected to vote with the government in nearly all cases.

If they had won every voter who backed the Brexit Party, that would have done the trick, too. The loss of the seat in Wales is likely to make the job of governing that much more hard. It will not be easy for the Prime Minister to recover from the electoral setback.

Johnson has said he would prefer to the leave the European Union with a deal but has rejected the Irish backstop - an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland - which the European Union says is key to any agreement. The EU is adamant that it won't renegotiate.

Remember May's Brexit deal? This week the government set aside 2 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) for no-deal measures including more border officers and stockpiling essential medicines.

Politico reported that part of the money would be spent on a Europe-wide media blitz that included adverts in major continental newspapers aimed at convincing European Union governments about the strength of Britain's no-deal resolve.

The slide was published by Sky News, which said it was drawn up before May left office last month. They like the look of the Boris government partly because of the "Indian look" of the cabinet but agree with Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, that Brexit would devastate the economy.

The success provides a blueprint for pro-EU parties in future elections.

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