By Carly Bell
As the United Kingdom moves closer to exiting the European Union, the state of play in Westminster remains murky to say the least.
Prime Minister Theresa May continues to head the government, but her position looks more tenuous than ever as more politicians from her own party seek to see her removed from office.
While demonstrators in London have taken to the streets both for and against Brexit, politicians from the past have joined the fray with opinions of their own.
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Theresa May has been warned she could be forced out of Downing Street if she pursues her unpopular Brexit deal. The Guardian reported that Conservative MP Ian Duncan Smith, an ardent eurosceptic, reportedly cautioned May against trying to “brazen it out”, suggesting that approach would be tantamount to a “disaster”. The call comes amidst further turmoil in the cabinet as the Prime Minister tries to garner support for her deal before a vote in parliament Tuesday evening.
A coalition of left-wing Labour members, councillors and Momentum activists has urged the Labour leadership to take a stance against Brexit. The coalition aims to get the leadership of Labour to back a second referendum on the departure of the UK from the EU and is pushing for Labour to ditch a commitment to Brexit in a snap election manifesto.
Lord Heseltine said at a rally in London this weekend that Britain’s youth won’t forgive older generations for Brexit. The Guardian reported that the ex-deputy prime minister stated “those of a certain age who voted 70:30 to leave’ are ‘rapidly being replaced by a younger generation who voted 70:30 to stay”. These comments came at a rally held by Best For Britain and Peoples Vote at London’s excel centre.
London erupted in protests on Sunday, as two opposing groups marched on the cities streets around the issue of Brexit. Reports suggest that around 3000 people marched under the banner of “Brexit betrayal”, led by Tommy Robinson calling for Brexit to be delivered. On the opposite side a reported 10,000 to 15,000 counter protesters led by a banner saying “No to Tommy Robinson, No to fortress Britain”. Journalist and activist Owen Jones said at the event that the protests were a “total and utter humiliation for Tommy Robinson and his band of fascists.”
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) December 9, 2018