Once again, Remainers are bolstering the separatists even as they lecture Brexiteers on the importance of the Union.
Posts Tagged: Article 50
Syed Kamall: Why the Prime Minister has grounds to hope the EU will grant her request for an extension
Even amongst those keen to use it as a lesson, there is not yet any willingness to take the blame for a no-deal departure.
Heaton-Harris resigns as No Deal Minister: “I simply cannot support any further extension to Article 50”
He praises the work done by civil servants to prepare for exit without a deal – and suggests the Prime Minister has not been fully informed of their progress.
Those who backed the motion included Guto Bebb, Antointte Sandbach and Ed Vaizey.
Indicative Votes. Bercow selects four motions. All back either a Softer Brexit, a second referendum – or No Brexit at all.
That’s variously for a customs union; for a custom arrangement plus the Single Market; for a second referendum, and for staying in the EU.
PS: We make that 28 Spartans and six Remainers. The Prime Minister won only nine votes from across the floor, and lost the DUP.
“There are those that will say ‘the House has rejected every option, you’ll probably lose, so why bother?’. I bother because this is the last opportunity to vote for Brexit.”
He describes the backstop as “a con trick which breaks up the UK”.
The former Brexit Secretary argues that this is the responsible thing to do to avoid a no-deal exit and ensure the UK leaves the EU.
“If we say we stand up for 17.4 million people then we have to get those people what they asked for, to leave the EU. This now is the only way.”
He argues that the House faces a “clear choice”, and rejecting the Withdrawal Agreement would jeopardise any extension of Article 50.
Seven Cabinet Ministers. Half the Whips Office. Eleven Ministers. All these failed to back the Government in yesterday’s extension vote.
Now some of these MPs may have been ill, or absent, or abroad. But how many were slipped with the connivance of the system?
The Letwin plan has not exactly delivered the promised clarity. Instead, the Commons has again said what it does not want.
“Consider the consequences for trust in politics if this House forces an outcome on the people that they no longer desire.”
The Speaker will block a Government ‘notwithstanding motion’, but announced this just after allowing Letwin’s.