School of Politics and International Relations

Proportionally, this Brexit rebellion beats even Iraq

16 January 2019

In an opinion piece for The Times, Professor Philip Cowley argues that proportionally the Brexit rebellion beats the previous vote on the Iraq war. Professor Cowley wrote: "This wasn’t a minor piece of policy either. This was the central piece of government policy; if not quite the only thing the government is currently doing, it is not far off. And it went down like the Hindenburg. "It is a somewhat banal observation to make that, under normal circumstances, the prime minister would have resigned following such a defeat. But under normal circumstances, no party leader, knowing that such a stonking defeat was likely, would have pushed the issue to a vote.”