Anti-hard Brexit rebels gain upper hand, Italy’s political crisis podcast

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Anti-hard Brexit rebels gain upper hand, Italy’s political crisis podcast

Commentary: Anti-hard Brexit rebels gain upper hand

By Meghnad Desai in New Delhi

UK politicians opposing a ‘hard’ exit from the European Union have been considering ways to thwart Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal strategy. Now, with their dramatic 328-301 parliamentary vote on 3 September to take control of the agenda, rebel politicians have gained the upper hand.

Defeated in his latest manoeuvre, Johnson may seek an early general election. Opinion polls up to now have pointed to a good chance that Johnson could win. However, the Commons defeat opens him to the charge of having gambled and lost.

Read the full commentary on the website.

Podcast: Italy’s political crisis


Italy’s government has come apart, creating a renewed period of crisis. Domenico Fanizza, executive director for Italy, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Albania and San Marino at the International Monetary Fund, and Erik Jones, professor of European studies at Johns Hopkins University, join OMFIF’s Sofia Melis to discuss Italy’s political circumstances. They assess the political and programmatic synergies that could bring together the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party, and the possible market reaction to failed coalition talks.

Listen to the recording, or search for OMFIF on your smartphone’s podcast app.



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