Written by Sylvester Lim

Jeremy Corbyn attempts to oust UK Prime Minister Theresa May

The shocking 2016 referendum concluded with the UK voting ‘Yes’ on leaving the European Union. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been scrambling since 2016 to get the UK Parliament to approve her EU Withdrawal Agreement terms. This is due to Parliamentary infighting over the terms of her agreement. In particular, disagreements over the implementation of border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as Economic arrangements post-Brexit.

Following the overwhelming rejection of her latest EU Withdrawal Agreements on 15 January 2019, opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party tabled a vote of no-confidence in an attempt to oust Theresa May. Although the motion of no-confidence failed to oust Theresa May, it does not change the reality of this political gridlock.

MAY we have another referendum, please?

With the official departure of the UK from the EU on 30 March 2019 looming in, the pressure is mounting on Theresa May to garner approval from her parliament for her withdrawal agreement terms. Without official withdrawal agreement terms, the UK might lose key economic agreements with the EU, further intensifying uncertainties over the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The European Court of Justice Advocate General stated in December 2018 that the UK can unilaterally retract their invocation of Article 50 and effectively stop Brexit. Additionally, some propose a second referendum concerning the future relations of UK and the EU should be held, allowing citizens to choose between May’s plan, to remain in the EU, or a no-deal Brexit.

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