It has been over three years since the referendum in the UK, when the withdrawal from the European Union (EU) surpassed the remnants. On the 19th, the British Parliament deliberated on a draft agreement to avoid social and economic disruption due to withdrawal. The vote to determine the future of Britain was postponed at the last minute, with the help of bipartisan members.
“Brexit (exited from the EU) is completely empty. What I want is a referendum.” The streets of central London were filled with a large number of people in the afternoon on the 19th, opposed to leaving the EU and seeking another referendum.
Ian Davison, 64, who lives in the suburbs of London, said: “Prime Minister Johnson made a very serious mistake. The UK should be one with the EU. It is not too late. "
At the same time, former Prime Minister May spoke at the House of Parliament where the debate was heated. "The story is simple. If we want to move this country forward, we should vote for the passage of the agreement today." Opponents who had been attacking the new agreement in a harsh tone until then listened seriously.
A motion that called for the postponement of voting in order to avoid the situation where the draft proposal was approved while domestic opinions were largely broken, suddenly emerged in the last minute battle between the pros and cons of the draft proposal did.
This is a coordinated movement between lawmakers who have been removed from the Conservative Party and opposition lawmakers, in opposition to Johnson's hard-line attitude.
The administration is required by law to require the EU to postpone withdrawal if the new agreement is not approved by the House of Representatives by 19th. If the motion was passed, it would turn around, and it was a cliff-top collaboration, focusing on the situation moving toward “departure postponement”.
“Even the EU has almost no desire to delay withdrawal once a day.” On the 19th, Prime Minister Johnson told lawmakers and appealed for approval on the same day, but he did not receive it.
In the House of Representatives, the majority of the ruling and conservative parties were split, but some of the opposition members were in favor, and the decision of approval or disapproval was in antagonism. Among the opposition parties that oppose the overall agreement, the largest opposition / labor party on-member elected a constituency with many supporters of withdrawal, and said that this was the only way to rebuild politics and unite the country. Was also calling for approval.
Although it was a tailwind for the administration, the voting was carried over after the 21st, and the postponement of withdrawal that Mr. Johnson “better to die” became more realistic. The whereabouts became uncertain at a stretch. (London = Kayoko Shiji)
Disappointment spreading to the British business community
The postponement of the drafting of the agreement spread the feelings of disappointment to the British business community. This is because the possibility of “no-agreement withdrawal”, which I have been most worried about, still cannot be erased.
Leaving at the end of the month without an agreement ...