For the first time, the UK acknowledged it will take part in the upcoming EU elections, as there was not enough time for the government to get its Brexit deal approved. PM Theresa May said she deeply regretted the move.
Despite talks with the Labour Party to try to find an alliance to get the Brexit withdrawal agreement through Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington conceded on Tuesday there was not enough time left to get the deal through the assembly.
“It is regrettably not going to be possible to finish that process” before May 23, Lidington said in a statement, promising to make the delay “as short as possible.”
May deeply regretted the move, her spokesman said.
This means that the UK will have to take part in European Parliament elections, which will take place from May 23 to 26.
“Ideally, we’d like to be in a situation where those MEPs never actually have to take their seat in the European Parliament – certainly, to get this done and dusted by the summer recess in the British parliament,” he added. This would probably be in late July.
Talks with Labour go on
Talks to find an agreement with Labour were continuing on Tuesday, as May was due to meet with members of her Conservative Party who reportedly wanted to know when she would be stepping down as leader.
The talks with Labour to “try and find a way forward that has maximum possible support amongst politicians of all political parties,” are continuing but still sticking around issues including a customs union with the EU, and the possibility of a second public vote on the agreement.
May’s proposed deal with the EU has already been rejected by parliament three times. Her government has spent more than four weeks in talks with Labour, without any signs of a deal which would be accepted by parliament, and then by Brussels.
The UK’s exit date from the EU has been pushed back to October 31.
Local election protest vote
Theresa May said after the local election results: “that while an agreement with the opposition had not been reached, the public had sent a clear message in the local elections that they want both of the main parties to get on with delivering Brexit” her spokesman said she told her ministers.”
The question for Left and Labour leave voters is how do they participate in this election?
Over recent weeks it has been made abundantly clear by some Labour MEP’s that they do not want Left Leave voters to vote for the Labour Party.
Lord Andrew Adonis not only saying so in a live interview but using social media to send a clear message that the Labour MEP’s are remain MEP’s and will campaign for a second referendum in all circumstances is clearly at odds with the 5 million Labour supporting leave voters. This is not an official Labour Party policy but one that the Labour EU candidates have adopted as their own. The lack of representation for Left leave voters by the Labour party is a questionable act.
So how should the Leave supporting Left vote?
The CPB advocate a boycott of the elections however other groups claim that holding their noses and voting for the Brexit Party in this one off election giving a clear message to Westminster.
A much talked about alternative for leave voters is to spoil their ballots in protest. The argument stands that spoilt ballots are counted. This option would allow the Leave voting Left to register their protest without compromising their principles or Left-wing values.
Most leave voters are extremely angry and feel it is a disgraceful act of betrayal that 3 years after the UK voted to leave the EU we find through the political malaise of a majority remain parliament and that of the weak leadership of a remain Prime Minister we now find ourselves participating in these European elections.
“The ultimate measure of a Government is not where it stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where it stands at times of challenge and controversy.
This government has been found short in all measures!”