Re: Boris climbs down.
OMG! I can’t keep up with events.
Please tell me if I am wrong, but my understanding of this now is that MPs voted by a majority to back the bill to block a no-deal Brexit if Boris hadn’t agreed a plan with the EU ahead of the 31st Oct 19.
They also voted against a General Election immediately requested by Boris as the first bill above ruined his Brexit negotiations.
So, he only has three options left now.
1… Boris refuses to give royal assent to the bill.
This is when the Queen formally agrees to agree a bill that clears both houses of Parliament into law. The government cannot refuse to do this but it can hold out until after the prorogation next week, at which point, all bills without royal consent are scrapped.
2… Boris seeks a general election without a two-thirds majority
He could pursue a general election even if the motion fails to get the 424 votes it would need. He would only need a majority of one to pass, but very doubtful he would even get that.
3… Boris holds another Referendum.
He will be up the creek without a paddle if the extension bill passes but a general election is impossible. He will be forced to seek an extension to Article 50 in late October if he has not secured a deal, going against his promises.
Another Referendum looks like his only way out of this mess.
As I say, I’m not sure if I am correct on the above, but looking at it, what other choices does he have. He has been denied his General Election to let the people decide, forced into accepting a no deal, which puts the kibosh on any cooperation from Nigel and the Brexit Party who have always said “they are willing to put the national interest first before the party, but only if no-deal is still on the table”.
Anyone got any suggestions of how he is going to get out of being well and truly kippered.
One tiny bit of great news. Philip Hammond has gone! He will not be allowed to stand as a Tory candidate at any GE. A new candidate will be chosen soon.