Technically, May still has time to avoid European elections. Politically, it is very hard indeed to see how she now can.
Posts Tagged: Yvette Cooper MP
No way forward is without risk at this stage. But the least hazardous course is for the Party to step out soon with a new leader.
A Remainer parliament will never be willing to properly implement Brexit. And there is only one other decision-making body: the people.
It passed its Third Reading by a single vote. Now the former Labour Minister’s anti-No Deal Bill is off to the Lords.
The drop in support for the measure is related to the Prime Minister’s new emphasis on opposing a No Deal outcome – at least for the short-term.
Their latest plan is to push through in a single day legislation which would involve major constitutional changes.
We refer, of course, to Letwin – the Prime Minister In All But Name. Not because he’s making a mess of things. But because, unlike others, he’s unaccountable.
It’s third time lucky for Letwin. His amendment passes by 329 – 302. He gains and May loses control.
He, Cooper et al have seized control of parts of Commons and Brexit business, and we wait to see what happens next.
“It is ridiculous to suggest that Parliament taking control is overturning democratic institutions… it’s doing its democratic job of holding Government to account!”
She yesterday achieved the outcome most likely to prop her up – at least for the time being. But Cooper, Letwin and Bercow are waiting in the wings.
The Prime Minister seemed to imply that if MPs will not bend to her will, she is off.
Daniel Hannan: The EU’s anti-democratic culture. First it corrupted other countries. Now it is corrupting Britain.
Even worse is the politicisation of the Speaker’s Chair. The impartiality of Britain’s Speaker was, like the impartiality of its monarch, a given.
There’s little that Conservative MPs can do to stop the Speaker – they don’t have the votes to depose him.
May keeps control of the negotiation. She fends off Benn, Letwin, Cooper and company by two votes – 314 to 312
Key to her victory is yesterday’s Remainer / Soft Brexit Cabinet and other rebels falling into line after a Party backlash today.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.