Rebel Alliance agree to stop snap election again on Monday
At a moment in history when few political parties agree within their own ranks, let alone with each other, opposition parties have finally managed to coalesce around stopping Boris Johnson from calling a snap election before the Brexit deadline of October 31.
To this end they have already passed a bill to stop the PM from crashing out of the EU without a deal and as this legislation passes through the Lords today, they are in no mood to give the prime minister any wiggle room.
In pursuit of their intention, it has been agreed that when the government tries yet again to request parliament’s compliance on Monday to call a general election, they will either vote against the motion or abstain.
Ironically, the SNP, Labour, Plaid Cymru, the Liberals, Greens and Independents all tried to engineer an election throughout Theresa May’s administration to no avail, but now it does not work in their favour to do so.
At the heart of the drama is Boris’ decision to prorogue parliament, which has removed five weeks of parliamentary time in which to discuss the deal with Europe.
Consequently, in order to stop the PM from leaving the UK with a no deal Brexit, they have to counter-intuitively decline the option to go to the ballot box, with all the inevitable scorn and mockery that will inevitably ensue.
Each side is focusing on their own specific endgame and however complicated and convoluted their strategies might appear, it is this which is concentrating their minds, not the next unpalatable step.
If, as expected the so-called rebel alliance does execute their plan as proposed on Monday, all Johnson’s machinations have been for nothing.
He will have to meet with the EU at the summit on October 17 and if he wants to leave the continent, he will have to come back with a deal that parliament can back. Should his only offering be that he has no deal, then legislation decrees that he must extend the deadline to January 31.
For a man who has employed every emotive mantra to declare that the UK would leave Europe on Halloween, ‘do or die’, his only saving grace politically, is that he has been stopped by parliament and not by his own desires.
This may be enough to save his career, but there are those who are suggesting that resignation may be the only option available to him.
When asked about this possibility in a TV interview, the prime minister replied that the suggestion was a hypothesis he was not even willing to entertain.
Meanwhile Boris is taking multiple photo opportunities and soundbites across the country in what can be easily recognised as an election campaign, however, now that the opposition parties are finally working together, it appears that he may need even more help than he did before.
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