An historic week in Westminster unfolds as no deal Brexit law passes and PM seeks to undermine it
There is no doubt that parliamentary process has never come under as much scrutiny as it is now.
The prime minister has withdrawn the whip from 21 of his colleagues, and now that number has increased with Amber Rudd’s resignation, parliament is about to be prorogued, and as Hilary Benn’s law is about to be approved, preventing a no deal Brexit, Boris Johnson and his flunkeys are seeking any way to undermine it.
The crowds outside the Houses of Parliament bay each day at passers by, calling for either a swift exit from the European Union or for Boris Johnson’s persistent march to a Halloween exit to be stopped in its tracks.
As to what will unfold in the coming days is anyone’s guess and it seems even the major protagonists do not seem to have an answer.
It is clear however, that Benn’s Bill will sit on the statute book by the end of business today and that the government will attempt to get a general election for the second time. However, the latter strategy it seems is doomed to failure.
The so called ‘rebel alliance’, a group of opposition MPs who have finally been able to come together to stop Boris Johnson leaving the EU without a deal, stopped a general election being called last week and there is no reason to believe that the outcome will be any different today if the government tries to implement this again.
However, it seems that Boris Johnson is going to try to undermine the Benn Bill in any way he can, even if it means breaking the law.
It seems unimaginable that the head of the UK would be prepared to break the law of the land to implement his desires, and even go to jail for his actions, but some are toting this as a possibility.
Johnson was always going to be a controversial prime minister, a marmite flavoured politician, but as Jeremy Corbyn stated yesterday, “We’re in quite extraordinary territory when the prime minister says he is above the law.
“They are preparing for chaos. The best thing they could do is actually make sure he abides by the decision of parliament, which has passed a new act, in order to prevent a crashing out on 31 October, and extend for three months in order for there to be sensible negotiations with the EU. Any sensible prime minister would do that.”
However when Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid were interviewed on TV yesterday, there was definitely a hint that the government’s lawyers were scouring the small print of the new legislation to devise a strategy, however unlikely, to undermine it and keep the Brexit deadline of October 31 in tact.
Today will herald the first day of another extraordinary week at Westminster and the outcome has everyone foiled, especially the bookies!
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