BREXIT BLOCKED AGAIN
The Somerset Guardian, 23rd October 2019
This weekend, Members of Parliament (MPs) convened for the first time on a Saturday since the Falklands Conflict in 1981. The only other occasions have been the outbreak of World War II, the Suez Crisis and 30th July 1949, which was the last sitting of the summer.
The Prime Minister assembled MPs in the Chamber to debate his new Brexit deal, which has been agreed to by the European Union (EU) after many hours of negotiations and an enormous amount of work undertaken by Ministers and civil servants.
To fufil the Benn Act, MPs needed to agree to this deal, vote for ‘no deal’ before Saturday 19th October 2019 or ask for an extension to Article 50. The motion tabled by former Conservative MP, Sir Oliver Letwin, which would withhold approval for the deal until legislation implementing it has been passed gained a majority of sixteen, thus thwarting the remainder of the proceedings. On Monday, the Prime Minister valiantly persisted, asking the Speaker for a second chance to debate and vote upon the Brexit Bill, which was denied.
The arrogance that has permeated Parliament will not be forgotten for many years. For Remainer MPs who have never accepted the referendum result their campaign ceased to be about the national interest many months ago. It has now become a game of tit for tat being played by a small collective pushing its anti-democratic agenda, stymying our departure and Britain’s progress. Boris Johnson has done everything within his power to deliver Brexit on time and if he must call an election to implement a law passed by Parliament binding us to leave the EU, the electorate will respond by removing all those who have failed them.