The first week of July marks the start of the new session of the European Parliament. The MEPs elected in its 28 member countries take their seats and start work, representing the interests of the EU’s 500 million citizens. Brent is part of the London Area with eight of the UK’s 73 MEPs.
As things stand at the moment, the UK will leave the EU, by default, on 31 October 2019. For that not to happen will require a positive action to be taken.
The timeline below sets out various events before that date.
New Prime Minister
While Brexit day draws ever closer, our fate awaits the election of the replacement leader of the Tory Party who will become our next Prime Minister. His election will be decided by the 160,000 or so Conservative Party members through a postal ballot.
How Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson choose to manoeuvre their way through the minefield of party politics, party members, the Government, Westminster, the EU and hard reality has been the subject of much speculation, assertions, rebuttals and wishful thinking.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has reiterated its strong and stable position that it will not re-negotiate the Withdrawal Agreement, despite claims from Johnson that he would be able to.
Immediately the new PM is announced, Westminster packs its bags for the Summer holidays. When they return, there are a mere eight sitting days before the conference season starts. During these three weeks, Parliament is again in recess.
When they return from that, there are just 12 more sitting days before we leave the EU.
That doesn’t give MPs much time to stop a catastrophic no-deal Brexit, agree the deal that Theresa May has already agreed with the EU (but which Parliament has rejected three times) or to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. It seems unlikely the EU will grant the UK yet another extension — and certainly not just to try to renegotiate the already agreed deal — although they may do so if the UK was going to hold a referendum on the deal.
It is difficult to guess at what might happen in these few months but must use it to persuade MPs that, if they are unable to break the deadlock in Parliament, they must let the people decide if the deal that has been negotiated is the right one for us.
There will be some marches and rallies over the coming months but we also urge everyone to write to their MP to let them know how the Brexit deadlock can be broken.
Brent4Europe will be handing out leaflets, knocking on doors and meeting MPs. If you are able to help with any of these activities, please contact the organiser, Karin.
Please bookmark this page and keep coming back for updates and changes in the coming months.
Previous events will be added here as they are deleted from the main timeline:
20 July: March for Change
100 Days till Brexit
Tory Party announce result of Leadership election
The final two candidates are Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.
New Prime Minister takes over
Will it be Prime Minister Johnson or Prime Minister Hunt?
99 Days till Brexit
98 Days till Brexit
Both House of Commons and Lords rise for Summer recess
Both Houses return
58 Days till Brexit
47 Days till Brexit
Start of the LibDem Party Conference in Bournemouth
End of the LibDem Party Conference
44 Days till Brexit
40 Days till Brexit
Start of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton
End of the Labour Party Conference
36 Days till Brexit
32 Days till Brexit
Start of the Tory Party Conference in Manchester
End of the Tory Party Conference
29 Days till Brexit
27 Days till Brexit
Start of Plaid Cymru Conference in Swansea
End of Plaid Cymru Conference
25 Days till Brexit
19 Days till Brexit
People’s Vote Let us be Heard march
Start of the SNP Conference in Aberdeen
18 Days till Brexit
16 Days till Brexit
End of the SNP Conference
Currently scheduled date the UK leaves the EU at 23:00 GMT
The results of the elections for Members of the European Parliament were announced on Sunday evening.
For the London Region, the following were elected:
|1||Irina von Wiese||Liberal Democrats|
|2||Claude Ajit Moraes*||Labour Party|
|3||Benyamin Naeem Habib||The Brexit Party|
|4||Dinesh Dhamija||Liberal Democrats|
|5||Scott John Ainslie||Green Party|
|6||Sebastian Thomas Dance, commonly known as Seb Dance*||Labour Party|
|7||Luisa Manon Porritt||Liberal Democrats|
|8||Lance Philip Anisfeld, commonly known as Lance Philip Forman||The Brexit Party|
Voting in Brent
The number of votes in Brent were as follows:
|Party/individual candidate||Number of votes||Share|
|The Brexit Party||8,014||11.47%|
|Conservative and Unionist Party||7,037||10.07%|
|Change UK – The Independent Group||2,859||4.09%|
|UK Independence Party (UKIP)||1,337||1.91%|
|Women’s Equality Party||801||1.15%|
|Animal Welfare Party||782||1.12%|
|UK European Union Party (UKEUP) 1||720||1.03%|
|Kofi Mawuli Klu||34||0.05%|
|Alan Dennis Kirkby||23||0.03%|
|Zoë Delemere Lafferty||16||0.02%|
|Total number of votes||69,894||100.00%|
The turnout in Brent was 35.7%.