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Boris Johnson and the British Opposition Struggle for Brexit Traction as October Looms

Sep 10, 2019 | 09:45 GMT
Pro-Brexit protesters stage a rally outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Sept. 9, 2019.

Pro-Brexit protesters stand with "We Voted Leave" placards among signs calling for "Brexit Now" and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Sept. 9, 2019.

(ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)

The struggle between the British government, which has promised to make Brexit happen Oct. 31 no matter what, and the British Parliament, where a majority of lawmakers oppose a hard exit, has only intensified. While British Prime Minister Borish Johnson has lost several votes in the House of Commons and faces legal and legislative challenges to his political strategy, his rivals lack a common agenda to defeat him and a coherent message to deliver in a general election. Even if his rivals manage to block a hard Brexit in October, a reinvigorated Johnson could win general elections before year's end and make the exit happen at some point in early 2020....

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