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Vince Cable Says Brexit May Not Actually Happen

Roxanne Powell | PopWrapped Author

Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer
@roxipowell
07/09/2017 3:57 pm
Vince Cable Says Brexit May Not Actually Happen | brexit
Media Courtesy of Liberal Democrats

Former lawmaker Vince Cable is "bidding to lead" the Liberal Democratic party. He also says Brexit may not actually happen because "its main political parties are too divided on the issue."

If you're just joining in on the news from across the pond, Brexit is Britain's "scheduled exit" from the European Union. According to BBC, British citizens voted in a referendum back in June 2016 to decide whether or not Britain should remain in the EU. The votes came back 51.9% to 48.1%, with favor leaning towards leaving the EU. More than 30 million people turned out to vote.

But now that exit may not actually happen. According to Reuters, Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win the "snap national election" last month, losing her capacity to lead Britain and forcing the country to take a hard look at what kind of exit deal it really wants.

"I'm beginning to think that Brexit may never happen," Cable told the BBC on Sunday. "The problems are so enormous, the divisions within the two major parties are so enormous I can see a scenario in which this doesn't happen."

Cable is currently the only candidate running for the Liberal Democratuc party. He previously served as business minister (2010-2015). During that time the Liberal Democrats were "junior partners in a coalition government," which was headed by May's Conservative Party.

Even though the Liberal Democrats only hold 12 of the 650 seats in Parliament, they campaigned in 2017 for a second referendum, something Cable saw as a possible way out of Brexit.

Here's the original referendum across the United Kingdom:

England: 53.4% in favor, 46.6% against.

Wales: 52.5% in favor, 47.5% against.

Scotland: 38% in favor, 62% against.

Northern Ireland: 44.2% in favor, 55.8% against.

May was originally against Brexit, but changed her stance when she saw "it is what the people want." She called a snap election to strengthen her position in the Brexit negotiations, fearing "

Labour, the SNP and other opposition parties - and members of the House of Lords - would try to block and frustrate her strategy, making the country look divided to other EU leaders and making her government look weak."

Her loss in the snap election means she no longer holds enough Conservative MPs to guarantee winning votes in the House of Commons.

The Conservative Party has been "historically divided" between its eurosceptic and pro-European members. Unless May can unite the party in her favor, she will lose her key votes and lose Brexit.


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