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Brexit: the reply to the suspension of the British Parliament gets organized


The defections in the conservative camp continued, Thursday, after the "coup" Boris Johnson. The opposition is preparing its legislative counter-attack.

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Anti-Brexit demonstration in front of the Cabinet Office, August 29 in London. ALASTAIR GRANT / AP

Did Boris Johnson prejudge his strength, underestimated the reaction of the deputies, of the street? His brutal decision to suspend the British Parliament for five long weeks, starting from the 9 September, caused very strong aftershocks, Thursday, August 29. Especially in the conservative ranks. This exceptionally long "extension" of the two Houses (Communes and Lords) drastically reduces the room for maneuver of the elected to discuss a possible new agreement with Brussels or to oppose a "no deal" on 31 October.

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The rumor was already running the day before: Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, confirmed her resignation on Thursday morning, "for family reasons" (she has a toddler), but also because of "the conflict I felt concerning Brexit ". Davidson was particularly respected in the Conservative camp, that of the prime minister, for having been able to earn him thirteen Scottish seats in the last general election, limiting the supremacy of the SNP, the nationalist party.

Ruth Davidson, however, avoided any direct criticism of the prime minister on Thursday. The suspension of Westminster? "It still gives members the opportunity to vote for a divorce agreement with the European Union. If he brings back an agreement from Brussels, "for God's sake, support him", she added, who voted for the EU's continuation in 2016. The departure of this rather centrist figure has however been widely interpreted in the British media as a reaction to Boris Johnson's "coup". It also weakens the conservative camp in Edinbourgh, making it even more likely, in case of no agreement with the EU, the convening of a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Former Minister George Young also stepped down as the government's "Whip" (coordinator) in the House of Lords on Thursday, saying in a letter that he was "really unhappy with the timing, the length of the suspension, and its motives " . The latter appeared obvious: Mr. Johnson fears that he will have no majority, either for an agreement or for a non-agreement, in the House of Commons, and wants to limit his blocking capacity as much as possible.

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