MPs would thus become the elected equivalents of the welfare scroungers of tabloid legend – dragging the reputation of Parliament even deeper into the mud.
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The Chequers Plan has been dead for some time, but Johnson has now read the funeral rites over it.
David Trimble and Roderick Crawford: The Government’s new proposals meet the EU’s original aims better than the backstop
The last has failed to meet the objectives set out in both the original negotiating guidelines and in the Northen Ireland Protocol itself.
Had the Benn Act not been passed, it would be far stronger – as he presents his new “fair and reasonable compromise” to the EU.
This was the old, cuddly Boris – not the new, Trumpish Johnson – but with a difference. He was remorselessly on-message.
There is a sense with all Johnson speeches that he is somehow parodying a politician making one – that the whole thing is done tongue-in-cheek.
The mood of this conference has been supportive but apprehensive. And now we are finally seeing the outlines of Johnson’s negotiating plan.
Its verdict fundamentally misunderstands Parliamentary Sovereignty – thus raising big questions about the future of the judiciary and the stability of our constitution.
The Government’s policy of reminding the electorate that it is keeping faith with the largest democratic exercise in our country’s political history is correct.
Plus: Why won’t Corbyn come on LBC and give an interview? He hasn’t done once since becoming Labour leader.
In the end, it may well prefer to hold out for a general election – and the likelihood of a Brexit delay – in the hope that something better turns up.
The idea that self-government might matter to Johnson or Gove more than, say, party loyalty leaves him genuinely nonplussed.
Brexit has changed much for them, but less than one might think – at least when it comes to their strategic position at Westminster.
I still want to avoid a second referendum. But unless we can make progress towards Parliament supporting a deal, those calls are going to grow.
He or she should be totally prejudiced in favour of Brexit, and this should overrule the usual priority of putting Parliament before the Executive.
When Letwin and Watson are on the same page, we should all study the book very carefully.