Post by The Todal Post by Stephen Cole Post by MM
I didn't think it would happen, but it did. Boris Johnson lost yet
another vote by 16.
What happened next was that he stood at the despatch box and brazenly
defied the law.
Am now looking forward to his appearance before the court on Monday,
What he said was that he wouldn’t “negotiate an extension”. That’s not the
same as saying he wouldn’t send the letter that the law requires him to.
That's my take on it too.
It surely wouldn't be unlawful for him to say to the EU "I've been
mandated to send you this letter requesting an extension. Personally I
think an extension is a waste of your time and ours and I wouldn't blame
you if you didn't grant an extension".
Bingo! You hit the nail on the head. Have a biscuit.
I did enjoy the way that Boris’s additional letters and also his petulant
refusal to sign the Benn Act letter were simply completely ignored by the
EU, who will in short order agree the extension. Shenanigans in the Commons
this coming week no doubt as BoJo tries to crash through his deal before
31st October, which I understand is now impossible as the EU won’t ratify
the deal on their side next week now; next opportunity for that is in
Post by The Todal
Faced with a cliff edge, MPs would have to vote for an unsatisfactory
deal in order to avoid a no-deal. Or, the third option, revoke. Just to
stop the clock. That would be the sensible option.
If there’s genuinely going to be a no deal exit, Parliament will revoke
A50. There is no doubt of that at all.
Post by The Todal Post by Stephen Cole
The more interesting shenanigans were what went on in the points of order,
with Rees-Mogg delivering a (out of order, essentially) business statement
by point of order, therefore not being required to take questions. Watch it
on BBC Parliament, it’s quite the remarkable 40 minutes of TV. Tories in
I watched it too.
The Speaker wasn't sure that it was procedurally correct and was going
to take advice.
Bercow said that he’d been told to expect a business statement, a proper
one in accordance with the usual format and rules, so it really is
remarkable how Rees-Mogg acted as he did. Disgraceful, I’d say.
Several MPs raised the question subsequently as to “what about the Queen’s
Speech?”. That’s supposed to be being debated and voted on next week. If
that doesn’t happen, is this Parliament even legal??
Post by The Todal
It was startling that after the result of the Letwin vote, once Boris
and Corbyn had spoken, most Tories upped and left the chamber choosing
not to hear the important and valid contributions made by backbenchers.
The Speaker pointed out that he isn't allowed to stop people leaving, to
imprison them in the chamber.
Clearly orchestrated as a snub to the SNP in general and Joanna Cherry (who
was asking a question at the time) in particular. It’s foolish behaviour
considering the Scottish Nationalists will exploit it in the upcoming
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