Posts Tagged ‘House of Commons’

The Guardian view on the Brexit vote: bin this bad deal | Editorial

Boris Johnson’s plan is far removed from the promises of the leave campaign and would be bad for the country. MPs must reject it

“Brexit means Brexit”, Theresa May’s catchphrase, helped the former prime minister navigate a profound political problem: there was no model of a future relationship with the EU that could satisfy all leave voters, and none was specified on the 2016 ballot paper.

The meaning of Brexit then evolved over three years, eventually becoming the deal that Boris Johnson has placed before parliament. This definition is a shrivelled facsimile of the product that was offered by the leave campaign. Pro-Brexit politicians never confronted the trade-offs involved in severing European ties that have developed over four decades. Instead, they dissembled and deceived, wielding the referendum result as a bludgeon to stifle debate.

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John McDonnell expects Labour MPs to hold firm on Brexit deal

Votes of opposition could be crucial when parliament sits on Saturday to discuss PM’s plan

John McDonnell has played down speculation that any more than a handful of Labour MPs could vote for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Saturday, saying he was hoping to persuade his colleagues to hold firm.

Several have already said they will back the plan. McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said there would be “consequences” for any who did, but did not specify whether this could include losing the party whip.

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Can Johnson pass his Brexit deal through the House of Commons?

Without DUP support, PM needs ERG, ex-Tories and pro-deal Labour MPs to get it over the line

Related: Boris Johnson and EU reach Brexit deal without DUP backing

Boris Johnson faces an uphill battle to pass his Brexit deal through the House of Commons without the support of the DUP. It would be just about doable if he retained all MPs who voted for the deal last time, all of the 28 Eurosceptic “Spartans” who rejected Theresa May’s agreement, and won over a handful of Labour MPs.

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Here’s why Boris Johnson’s plans have every chance of falling apart | Tom Kibasi

Northern Ireland is still a problem – and his proposals are full of political contradictions. Do MPs really trust him to deliver?

Boris Johnson stands triumphant, having successfully edited Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Not for the first time, a man has claimed the credit for a woman’s work. But has Johnson really solved the Brexit conundrum, or is this yet another tissue of lies? Will his proposals stand up to scrutiny if parliament convenes at the weekend?

Here’s why Johnson’s plans have every chance of falling apart. The first weak point is still Northern Ireland. The plan for maintaining a stable alignment of regulations between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland might seem reasonable: Stormont is set to get a vote every four years, with a two-year cooling-off period. But looking into the future, this quickly collapses. What happens when the rest of the UK decides to follow a different regulatory path, as promised by this hard-right Conservative government? If there can be no land border, there would have to be regulatory checks in the Irish Sea to maintain the integrity of the single market. Moving the regulatory border to the Irish Sea would be a significant and practical step towards reunification. It therefore makes sense that the DUP will not back it. The political limits of “one country, two systems” are obvious.

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EU and UK on brink of a Brexit deal despite Unionist concerns

The EU and UK are on the brink of a Brexit deal, but it is unclear whether the Democratic Unionist Party will agree to the new agreement, and when UK lawmakers will vote on the deal.

EXCLUSIVE: Johnson Brexit deal must go to people to pass parliament, say lawmakers

Any Brexit deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need to be put to the British people in a referendum if it is to pass the UK parliament, a cross-party group of UK lawmakers told EURACTIV on Wednesday (16 October).

The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: show without substance | Editorial

The government talks up the UK’s bright, post-Brexit future but its populist policies threaten to take the country backwards

Rarely has the elaborately costumed pageant of the state opening of parliament looked less in keeping with the status of the legislative programme on offer. This was pomp in bizarre circumstances.

From the off, the Queen’s speech struck a curiously provisional note, beginning with the statement that the government’s priority “has always been” to leave the EU on 31 October. That was some way short of a commitment that this is going to happen, which is understandable. No one knows what is going to happen between now and the end of the month.

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