School of Politics and International Relations

With 37 days until Brexit, why are UK politicians defecting?

21 February 2019

The breakaway "Independent Group" created by 11 MPs from both the opposition Labour and ruling Conservative parties threatens to upend the normal rules of politics as divisions over Brexit deepen. Professor Tim Bale said: “These resignations are a crack in the dam and we might see a trickle, to begin with, but then again dams can burst quite quickly. We know both parties are polarised, there is a gap among voters, neither party seems particularly competent and neither is seen as having the national interest at heart - so there is actually a lot of space for politicians who can convince people that they do.”

Read more in Al Jazeera.