Brexit’s political earthquake: The seven days that shook Britain

1 Jul


Saturday 25 June – Brexit day two

Angry European leaders turn on Britain – Following the shock Brexit result, the founding members of the EU met in Berlin for emergency talks.

The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg ganged up to demand Britain immediately trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the legal process by which a member state untangles itself from the bloc.

They also called on the UK to appoint a new prime minister within days, despite Mr Cameron and Mr Johnson’s insistence there was no need to act urgently.

Corbyn refuses to quit – A defiant Labour leader refused to follow the Prime Minister’s example and resign after seeing voters reject his pro-EU position.

Mr Corbyn insisted he would stand again in another leadership contest if Labour MPs pushed ahead with a challenge.

He also ruled out supporting a second EU referendum.

Cameron continues with the job – In his first public appearance since resigning, the soon-to-be-departed Prime Minister attended an Armed Forces Day event.

Labour MP Hilary Benn sacked – In the very early hours of Sunday morning shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn phoned Mr Corbyn to tell him he had lost faith in his leadership.

The Labour leader promptly sacked Mr Benn from his shadow cabinet to spark a full-blown crisis for the party.


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