Brexit: The fallout

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One of the 16 motions being put forward tomorrow

 

https://waitingfortax.com/the-cross-party-no-deal-or-revoke-motion/

 

If, on the day before the end of the penultimate House of Commons sitting day before exit day, no Act of Parliament has been passed for the purposes of section 13(1)(d) of the Withdrawal Act, Her Majesty’s Government must immediately put a motion to the House asking it to approve ‘No Deal’ and, if the House does not give its approval, Her Majesty’s Government must ensure that the notice given to the European Council under Article 50, of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union, is revoked in accordance with United Kingdom and European Union law.

 

Seems it has cross party support

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But govt ministers (eg Leadsom, Fox) yesterday already warned that the government will not feel obliged to commit itself to any of these motions if they don't satisfy the Tory party's last election manifesto. Could all be for nothing, though it would be politically difficult to ignore a majority in parliament if one can be found.

 

What annoys me is that even the "efficient" ballot paper voting is designed to allow cajoling and politicking between rounds.

 

They should have used a simple single transferable vote like is used in all manner of elections (Irish general, Irish presidential, Maltese general, Scottish parliamentary etc.)

 

You vote in order of your preference and then through successive rounds of counting (wouldn't take long with only 650 odd ballot papers) and elimination and transfer, you have a winner that satisfies the majority in the most democratic way possible. it would all be done and dusted in 3 hours. They would just have to ensure no cake/unicorn options were on it (eg vague Brady amendment rubbish).

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37 minutes ago, murphaph said:

But govt ministers (eg Leadsom, Fox) yesterday already warned that the government will not feel obliged to commit itself to any of these motions if they don't satisfy the Tory party's last election manifesto. Could all be for nothing, though it would be politically difficult to ignore a majority in parliament if one can be found.

 

 

 

This is from Robert Peston.

 

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-26/prime-minister-would-break-the-law-if-she-ignores-letwin-result/

 

If she does ignore it will lead to a General election.

 

May also makes a speech to the 1922 committee today at about 17.00. Could be MV3 or a resignation timetable.

 

Looks like today could be the day which decides Brexit.

 

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Brexit vote: Corbyn to order Labour MPs to back second referendum

 

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Labour will order its MPs to vote in a favour of a “confirmatory” Brexit referendum on any deal reached with the European Union.

 

The significant move comes as MPs gear up to vote on a series of “indicative” proposals, aimed at breaking the deadlock in Westminster over Britain’s exit from the EU.

 

If selected by the Commons speaker, the motion tabled in the name of the former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett, would required a public vote before any deal with the bloc was ratified.

 

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Speaker John Bercow announces that he has selected the following eight choices:

No Deal (B) – John Baron (Conservative)

Agrees to leave the EU on 12 April without a deal.

Common market 2.0 (D) – Nick Boles (Conservative)

Government joins the European Economic Area (EEA) through the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and negotiates a temporary customs union until alternative arrangements can be found.

EFTA and EEA (H) – George Eustice (Conservative)

Remains in the European Economic Area (EEA), and applies to re-join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Declines to form a customs union but seeks “agreement on new protocols relating to the Northern Ireland border and agri-food trade”.

Customs union (J) – Ken Clarke (Conservative)

Enshrine the objective to form a customs union in primary legislation.

Labour’s alternative plan (K) – Jeremy Corbyn

Negotiate changes to the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration to secure Labour’s position, and pass these objectives into law.

Revocation to avoid no deal (L) – Joanna Cherry (SNP)

If the Withdrawal (Agreement) Bill has not been passed before exit day, the government will ask MPs to approve no deal. If this does not pass, the government will revoke Article 50.

Confirmatory public vote (M) – Margaret Beckett (Labour)

Government cannot implement or ratify the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration unless and until they have been approved in a referendum.

Contingent preferential arrangements (O) – Marcus Fysh (Conservative)

Malthouse Plan B: The UK makes its budgetary contributions to the EU to the end of 2020 and agrees with the EU a period of two years in which UK goods have full access to the EU.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, LukeSkywalker said:

Where is the choice of bringing Margareth Thatcher back to life and she will take care of it?

 

 

Alas, along with the Free unicorns that pee Chianti and fart sherbet amendment, it was not selected by Bercow.. the cad!

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Farage waffling on about his self importance.

 

 

Speaking in the European Parliament this morning. As usual, I look forward to giving my helpful and constructive comments to Mr Juncker and Mr Tusk.

 
 
Getting a waspish response from this political journalist.
 

Nigel Farage - the man who wants to re-organise Britain but cannot organise a protest march - now being trolled by @guyverhofstadt - this great country of ours looks ridiculous to outsiders. Time to bring an end to #BrexitShambles

 

 

 

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Efta countries wary of UK's interest in 'Norway' option

 

Concern is growing in Norway and Iceland about how to respond if the UK’s House of Commons votes to apply to join Efta, the four-nation European free-trade association of which both countries are members.

While the plan appeals to a growing cross-party lobby of British MPs who see Efta membership as a compromise solution to leaving the EU yet keeping the UK’s close economic ties with the European single market, it has divided opinion within Efta member states

 

Norway would veto it anyway so cannot see that happening.

 

 

 

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BBC reporting that May has just told the 1922 committee that she will not remain in post for the next phase of the negotiations. So looks like she is going to go 'Real Soon Now'.

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Theresa May decides to do the honourable thing and fall on her sword ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... and misses.

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