British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt a noticeable defeat on Tuesday, September 4, 2019 when Parliament blocked him from carrying out a “no-deal” Brexit.
After this vote, The Hill reports that Johnson called for new elections, which must receive the approval of a two-third majority in the House of Commons in order for them to be called.
This call for new elections came right after the House of Commons passed a bill which allowed members of Parliament to introduce legislation forcing Johnson to request a three-month extension from the EU if a deal is not struck by October 31, the deadline which the prime minister set for Brexit.
Johnson had declared that he would have Britain leave the EU without a deal and was seeking to cut the amount of time Parliament spent debating Brexit. The prime minister’s attempt to cut debate was widely criticized as being anti-democratic.
The Guardian reported that the bill passed by 328 to 301 vote, marking Johnson’s first defeat in a House of Commons vote as prime minister.
Video footage caught a Labour Party member shouting “not a good start, Boris.”
21 members of Johnson’s Conservative Party joined opposition members in voting for this bill.
Despite the calls for a new election, the opposing Labour Party has not offered anything resembling a united front on this issue.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stated that he wanted legislation passed which guarantees that a “no-deal” Brexit would not take place before new elections commence.
“Let’s see what happens after this legislation has gone through,” Corbyn told reporters Tuesday after talks with other parties.
Corbyn also declared that if an election was called, he would be “absolutely ready to fight it.”
In the case that a snap election is called, it would be the third time in five years that British citizens vote in a general election.
Johnson’s defeat came hours after the Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority when Phillip Lee joined Liberal Democrats.
As the days go by, Brexit’s fate hangs in the balance.
After voting to leave the EU for diverse reasons — from the effects of EU’s mass migration policies to the EU’s increasing bureaucratic overreach — ,Britain’s political class is not interested in respecting the will of its voters.
These delays only serve to make sure that a genuine Brexit never happens.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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