- September 4, 2019
- Posted by: Siobhan Baillie
- Category: Brexit
Last night – a motion was tabled to seize the House of Commons business from the Government. They state that they want to create legislation to stop no deal but the people backing this have a range of views (and none at all) about what they want to do with more delay.
The government lost by 27 votes.
The government also lost its small majority during the debates. Earlier in the day, a previously Eurosceptic Conservative MP and represents a ‘leave’ constituency crossed the floor to join the Lib Dems. The Lib Dem LGBT Chair promptly resigned as a result due to the MP’s past voting record.
The Prime Minister responded by stating that he will offer a General Election motion. This is what Labour and the Lib Dems– including local parties – have been demanding for nigh on three years so you would think they would be happy? Wrong. They are now saying they do not want an Election.
A clip of the Labour Shadow Justice Minister on the telly is doing the rounds – he is saying that Labour wants to negotiate a new deal with the EU but they would then campaign for Remain, i.e. against their own deal. So why would the EU give a good deal? He couldn’t answer. Worth checking whether that is a new, old or rehashed clip as I am not sure. They have so many positions.
Achieving a deal is the best way of stopping no deal. Removing the ability to walk away from the negotiations will probably mean there will be no improved deal.
The EU are also known to only finalise agreements at the last moment. So constantly moving the goalposts helps nobody.
Parliament has only been back one day.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Today, there will be a Bill from Labour which seeks to extend Article 50 at least into next year and potentially indefinitely. I believe that this will cause damaging levels of uncertainty for business and jobs.
Section 3(2) of the Bill on today’s Order Paper, if passed, would compel the Prime Minister to accept whatever extension he is offered by the EU – be it 3 months, 6 months or 10 years, with whatever conditions are attached by the EU, unless Parliament opts for a No Deal Brexit.
This was just a quick overview. I am working today but always interested to hear your views.