MP's Extraordinary Protest In Wild Brexit Parliament Debate
It was a moment of frustration that lead to a controversial, yet highly symbolic protest after another day of Brexit indecision.
In his deep dissatisfaction with the British government's handling of Britain's exit from the European Union, MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle charged forward in a bid to end parliament's meeting.
He rushed out into the centre of the House of Commons and towards the golden Mace sitting on the table before the MPs. With almighty force he grabbed the object and stood for a moment where he appeared to make prolonged eye contact with the Speaker.
He then swiftly headed for the House's doors. This parliamentary sitting was done, as far has he was concerned. Fellow MPs cried out in protest and outrage, with cries of "ridiculous" and "no!" echoing through the chamber.
As Russell-Moyle attempted to leave the room, he was apprehended by a parliamentary aide, who snatched the Mace back and promptly replaced it in the correct position so the debate could continue.
The Mace is a symbol of royal authority and without its presence in parliament, neither House can meet, let alone pass laws.
By Russell-Moyle taking the Mace and charging for the exit, he was trying to end the heated debate on the Brexit deal.
Theresa May Delays Parliament's Vote On Draft Deal
In the face of a humiliating defeat, British PM Theresa May announced the House vote on her draft Brexit deal would be suspended indefinitely -- just one day before it was due to take place.
She conceded the sprawling 585-page deal "would be rejected by a significant margin" if it went to a vote.
Perhaps the most contentious issue dividing parliament is the plan for the Northern Ireland border. May copped backlash over the so called 'Irish Backstop' -- her plan to ensure there will be no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
May confirmed she would travel back to the European Union Headquarters in Brussels to receive "reassurances" for her plan for the border, despite European Council President Donald Tusk saying the remaining 27 EU member states would not renegotiate the Draft Deal.
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This latest set back has only added further fuel to existing speculation that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union with no deal on the set date of March 29, 2019.
European Union Court Rules Britain Can Reverse Brexit Vote
The highest court of the European Union voted that Britain could unilaterally reverse its decision to leave the bloc of nations on Monday.
The decision came the day before British parliament was set to vote on May's unpopular draft deal. The court ruled the UK could reverse the vote to leave the EU, and May's triggering of Article 50 of the European Union that begins a member state's withdrawal process, anytime before March 29.
“The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the E.U.,” the European Court of Justice said in a statement.
While the ruling boosted the case for anti-Brexit campaigners, the British Government said the new decision would not change their desire to leave the bloc.
Featured Image: Twitter/ Lloyd Russell-Moyle.
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