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most Likely, the UK is home to the only Parliament in the world that does not have enough places for its members. Churchill is to blame, he wished the chamber after its destruction in the war as cozy. And so the members have plenty of room on this Tuesday, not only on the narrow, with a green leather-covered benches. Many of them are also in the aisles, at the entrance or next to the high chair of the speaker, to be there when the big Showdown begins.
the week-long discussed in the house the agreement of the country from the European Union to escape the “Deal”, the Theresa May in Brussels. The deputies have to agree with him. Approximately 40 hours of a parliamentary Marathon will take the debate as a whole,. The Prime Minister May opened it on Tuesday night, seemingly undaunted. It has been three defeats behind on this day. Three Times, the deputies have voted at a different voting against you. Three Times her deputies have fallen out of his own party in the back. Much worse is the Showdown for May could not start.
The British Parliament, and because you have to remember in these days is not some sort of popular representation. For more than 700 years, will be debated in Westminster. Parliament and democracy are older than anywhere else in Europe. No war, no Revolution, no Monarch has been able to hold the members of the British Parliament to take the country’s destiny in their hands.
And now? Now people have managed to vote, which was no external threat ever: The decision in favour of the Brexit has led the British Parliament to the brink of a nervous breakdown.
The Westminster rules
The British house of Commons has 650 members, but only 639 votes are counted. The necessary majority is 320 votes*
*The Speaker (speaker) and his three deputies must not be a party vote, Sinn Féin members vote, they take their mandate not true; 1) Scottish national party 2) unionist party of Northern Ireland 3) Irish Republican, in Northern Ireland 4) elected Welsh party
One day before the beginning of the debate meets the Brexit-Committee of the Parliament in the first floor of Portcullis House, in front of Big Ben. Twenty members sit opposite each other at long wooden tables, the representatives of the government and the Opposition, as always, strictly separated. The blinds are let down, the views of the river Thames is blocked. The members of Oliver Robbins, the European adviser to the Prime Minister, and Stephen Barclay, the new Brexit-the Minister to consult.
This article dates back to the TIME no 51/2018. Here you can read starting from 17 o’clock the whole of the issue.
Sharp and precise, the questions raining down on Barclay and Robbins: Who is negotiating in the future with the EU, or the Prime Minister? Why is keeping the government sensitive documents? Would you support leaving the EU if necessary, even without an agreement? Adamant members to put. It makes no difference who asks. Here, the government party, the Opposition – in this order. The Brexit has everything cluttered. The Only thing that unites many of the members, is the suspicion that the government has manoeuvred the country into a cul-de-SAC. Also in the Brexit-the Committee of this suspicion resonates in each question.
Barclay and Robbins go out of your way as best you can. You act like school boys, to drop a particularly unpleasant exam. Just make no mistake! Only one of you, there is no doubt that the agreement, negotiated by the government, to respond to the expectations of the British, who had voted in June 2016 for the Brexit. “We have delivered”, says the Minister. Similar to Theresa May put it on the next day.
Just what, exactly, are the British people have voted then?