SPOTLIGHT: BRITISH BREAKUPS AFTER BREXIT
Whatever the result, last Thursday's referendum was always going to leave Britain deeply divided. It was also bound to divide the UK's major political parties, whose leaders now face the daunting task of both negotiating the best possible exit deal and bringing the country together, avoiding, if possible, a breakup of the United Kingdom itself.
The clear victory for the Brexit side has already cost Prime Minister David Cameron his job. But as former London Mayor Boris Johnson — a Cameron rival and leader of the Leave camp — looks to muscle into the Conservative Party leadership, it may be the reverberations on Britain's main opposition Labour party that may wind up being harder to resolve. And the more internal strife in the UK, the harder it will be to negotiate its exit from the European Union. What we are set to witness may be more than just a major, messy divorce, but a series of messy divorces.
- OPPOSITION IN DISARRAY The leader of the opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, was forced to appoint a new shadow cabinet this morning after at least 12 members left their top party roles over the weekend, in the wake of the Brexit result. A number of Labour MPs are blaming Corbyn for the party's failure to convince Labour voters to back the Remain campaign. Thought to be more eurosceptic that euro-enthusiast, the 67-year-old leftist had been challenged by more centrist Labour members since his surprising election in September 2015. Corbyn so far resisted calls to resign in what The Guardian is describing as a "coup."
- PETITIONS A petition to demand a second referendum, with stricter rules, has garnered more than 3.6 million signatures, but at least some of the signatures are fraudulent. Another petition wants to make London independent.
- SCOTTISH BLOCKADE Scotland' First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reiterated threats to hold a new referendum for Scottish independence from the UK. She also said that the Scottish parliament could veto the UK's exit from the European Union.
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