Tory Brexit countdown clock now counts days since October 31

The clock now counts the days since October 31

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Brexit countdown clock at the Conservative Party's headquarters has been changed to count the days since October 31, accompanied by a sign blaming opposition parties for the failure to meet the deadline.

Originally, the clock had been counting down to Halloween, accompanied by a sign saying: "We will have delivered Brexit and left the EU by [October 31]".

Following the latest deadline extension, the message above the clock was changed to: “Time since we should have left the EU if Labour, Lib Dems and the SNP hadn't blocked Brexit.”

The party unveiled the latest clock on Twitter, with a photo of chairman James Cleverly pointing to it along with the caption: “This is one clock that shouldn’t have needed to be turned back.”

The UK was supposed to leave the EU on October 31

The digital timepiece was one of two. The other was delivered to Downing Street to be displayed in Boris Johnson’s office.

The Prime Minister had promised to deliver Brexit by October 31 “do or die” but was forced to seek an extension from the EU under the terms of the Benn Act, which required him to seek a Brexit delay if neither a deal or no deal exit agreed to by MPs by October 19.

Brussels granted the UK a “flextension” until January 31, 2020, with the option to leave before that date if Parliament passes Mr Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement Bill earlier.

Tory MP Harriett Baldwin shared a photo of the new clock on social media today, but was met with criticism by Liberal Democrat MP, Angela Smith.

"I seem to remember that very large numbers of Tory MPs voted against May’s deal too ... including some who are now in Johnson’s cabinet. Including Johnson himself. Bit of collective amnesia going on here," she wrote.

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