Democracy in Britain is destabilized - politics

As the dispute over the EU's exit continues, the two major parties degenerate. That's dangerous for British democracy.


Comment by Cathrin Kahlweit, London

On Thursday, the Brexit fans in the Tory party of their prime minister once again really showed. About 50 of them voted in a politically irrelevant, government-unenforceable motion against Theresa May. It was a demonstration of power that was supposed to show only one thing: we have you in our hands.

May is negotiating with Brussels for the umpteenth time on a solution for the Irish island border, the so-called backstop. On the one hand, when it comes to the lower house, it should, on the one hand, get the best out of Great Britain, but at the same time be ready to compromise, in order to prevent a no-deal, a contract-free exit.

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The recent provocation of the group of hardliners who put it on a no deal resulted in rages of colleagues. Because it weakens May's position in Brussels, which now less than ever can point out that after all, her party is behind her. Indignant conservatives have therefore called on their party party to leave the group and join, for example, EU opponent Nigel Farage, who had once ideologically prepared Brexit with his Ukip party. Farage has announced the establishment of a new grouping; It should be called "Brexit Party" and finally force an EU exit, which is not watered down by the skeptics and EU sympathizers in parliament.

If May, which is currently suggesting, seek a soft Brexit or even a compromise with Labor, the split of the Tories may be only a matter of time. But also in the Labor Party, cleavage tendencies are apparent. An increasing number of MPs are, it can not be said otherwise, pissed at their party leadership. There are enough reasons for this: hesitating party leader Jeremy Corbyn to campaign for a second Brexit referendum, his refusal to distance himself from the hated president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, his unwillingness or inability to stem anti-Semitic tendencies in his party. Meanwhile, Centrist Labor MPs are talking publicly about leaving the country in protest. Liberal Tories are likely to join; Together, they could try to fight for their whereabouts in the EU.

Majority voting keeps newcomers small

But: The chances of success of new parties are comparatively low in the kingdom; the majority vote keeps newcomers small, only occasionally manage charismatic deputies such as Caroline Lucas of the Green Party to get hold of a parliamentary seat. Lucas sits alone in the lower house for the British Greens.

At the same time, however, the traditional "big churches" are falling apart, as Tories and Labor like to call themselves. Just because new small parties have too much difficulty integrating an extremely wide range of opinions, they have succeeded for a long time. But Brexit has destroyed the integration ability of the people's parties. A ditch separates EU fans and opponents, Leaver and Remainer, no matter where they stand politically.

Democracy in the UK is already destabilized. In addition, the implementation of the referendum brings the political apparatus to its limits. If the parties also fall apart, the Brexit would have destroyed the traditional balance of power inside.

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