Brexit paralysed. Your country needs YOU

Making history: In June 2016, the Leave campaign won by 1,269,501 votes.

Theresa May has survived. So British politics continues to go round in circles. As the clock ticks, all are agreed on one thing: we need a breakthrough. Time for the future of the nation to speak up!

She has done it again. Theresa May’s government clung to power last night by 19 votes, thanks to the very MPs who inflicted a humiliating defeat on her just 24 hours previously.

On Tuesday, the House of Commons rejected May’s Brexit deal, handing her government the biggest loss in parliamentary history.

Faced with such a weakened opponent, Jeremy Corbyn was duty-bound to call a vote of no confidence in the government. But success was unlikely.

Hard-line Brexiteers, Tory Remainers and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) may not like the prime minister’s Brexit plan, but they did not want to risk giving Corbyn a general election and a possible route to Downing Street.

So, parliament is now stuck. Among the mess, there is a silver lining for May: yesterday’s result puts huge pressure on Corbyn to support a second referendum, which he is reluctant to do.

Would the result of a second vote be different? One thing has changed: since June 2016, 1.75 million young people turned 18. According to YouGov, demographic changes alone will wipe out the Leave vote’s majority by this Saturday.

So today, we are launching our own UK poll. We are calling on you, teachers and students, to encourage anyone to take part who would be voting for the first time if there is a second referendum.

Voting will be open until midday on Monday. We will publish the result widely and, if enough of you take part, we will deliver it in a letter to Theresa May on Tuesday.

Have your say

For some, the stalemate we find ourselves in is proof that Brexit is impossible. The only concrete options are a deal that is almost universally hated or a chaotic no-deal exit. Now that reality is clear, perhaps we deserve a fresh chance to decide.

Why would a second vote solve this mess any more than the first?

You Decide

  1. Were MPs right to reject Theresa May’s deal?

Activities

  1. In small groups, discuss whether a second referendum is a good or bad idea. Would the result change? Would it cause unrest? Feed your answers back to the class.

Some People Say...

“Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party cannot procrastinate any longer. Either he backs Brexit or he backs the people.”

Vince Cable

What do you think?

Q & A

What do we know?
Last night, Theresa May defeated the motion of no confidence in her government by 325 votes to 306. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the vote of no confidence after May’s Brexit deal was heavily defeated in the House of Commons.
What do we not know?
We are not closer to knowing what will happen when the UK leaves the EU on March 29, 2019, or whether it even will.

Word Watch

Vote of no confidence
This is different to the vote of no confidence May faced in December, which was an internal Conservative Party vote on whether she should stay as party leader.
DUP
The DUP, a Northern Irish unionist party that May relies on for her majority in Parliament, opposes May’s Brexit deal because it fears it could drive a wedge between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
1.75 million
This number is based on the figure that there are 700,00 eligible new voters each year, and that the Brexit referendum was 2.5 years ago.
Demographic changes
Polls show that young people overwhelmingly favour Remain. More young people have turned 18 since the last vote.

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