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Writing About Brexit: the Boris Border disappears

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 1st October 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.Oh, apparently the “we won’t have a border, we’ll have customs clearing stations EITHER SIDE of the border” has been and gone.

Boris Johnson says this plan was a non-plan.
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Writing About Brexit: Boris Johnson avoids PMQs

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 1st October 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.Tomorrow is Boris Johnson’s first PMQ since he unlawfully attempted to prorogue Parliament.

However, rather than handle PMQ himself, Boris Johnson has told off Dominic Raab, the former Brexit Secretary, now the Foreign Secretary, to take PMQ for him: Johnson plans to enjoy the last day of the Tory conference and give the closing speech, not be bothered with questions from Jeremy Corbyn and Ian Blackford.

When Boris Johnson was Mayor of London, he appointed multiple deputy Mayors to do his work for him. This looks like more of the same.
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Writing About Brexit: a rebel Prime Minister

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 26th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

I didn’t get home from work in time to listen to Boris Johnson in the Commons. At the point when I switched on Parliamentlive TV, Boris Johnson had walked out a few minutes earlier: Anna Soubry was making her point of order.

Boris Johnson lied in his speech – he claimed that the EU were open to negotiating an alternative to the Northern Ireland backstop, and so a withdrawal deal could therefore be negotiated. As several Brussel-based journalists are reporting this morning, EU-27 don’t expect anything from the UK that offers a viable alternative to the backstop in keeping the Irish border transparent/preserving the Good Friday Agreement. They haven’t received anything, and they don’t expect to. But lies about Brexit and EU negotiation are normal from Tory ministers.

Boris Johnson also said, explicitly, he thought the Supreme Court were wrong to rule his prorogation of Parliament unlawful.
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Writing About Brexit: Geoffrey Cox

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 25th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network. Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General, who advised Boris Johnson that proroguing Parliament for 5 weeks was legal, had a momentary fit of wtfitis in the Commons today:


Cox:

I would agree with him that parliament has to determine the terms on which we leave, but this parliament has declined three times to pass a withdrawal act, with which the opposition – in relation to the withdrawal act – had absolutely no objection.
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Writing About Brexit: John Bercow Announces Resignation Date

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 10th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

I have to leave for work in approximately 10 minutes, and I stayed up til Black Rod arrived.

(Which was at twenty past one.)

John Bercow announced he’d be resigning either on the spot if Boris Johnson won his early-election vote, or on 31st October if he didn’t. This was followed by MPs of all parties, Remainers and Leavers, standing up to praise Bercow, justly, for his work as Speaker.
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Writing About Brexit: The House of Lords Fails To Filibuster

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 5th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

I stayed up til after 1am last night listening to the House of Lords debate the No-to-No-Deal-Brexit bill.

(The last time I did this it was when the Lords were debating equal marriage.)

There was a group of less than a hundred peers who were trying to prevent the bill passing – effectively, a filibuster. Endless references to “Lord True’s manuscript amendment G-9-c-x-zzzzz.”

Something over two hundred peers stayed from 3pm til after 1am consistently voting down the amendments proposed by the Brexiter peers. I was impressed by their tenacity and endurance.
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Writing About Brexit: No Deal Brexit Made Unlawful

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 4th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

Unless the House of Lords filibusters the Bill, the Prime Minister of the UK will not be allowed to take the UK out of the EU in no-deal Brexit. (I shan’t feel quite secure til it gets Royal Assent.)

On 17th October, the PM attends a EU summit. Boris Johnson has been claiming all along he will come back from that summit with a good, fantastic, totally super deal. If he can do that, and this good, fantastic, totally super deal, is ratified by an awed House of Commons, then the UK exits the EU there and then with a deal.

If the PM cannot negotiate a deal, or cannot have that deal ratified by the Commons, he must have a Commons vote on No Deal Brexit.
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Writing About Brexit: Boris Johnson Throws Away His Majority

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 4th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

I’ve repeatedly said here and on Twitter I didn’t think it would happen, but I was wrong:

There is going to be a general election in 2019. (Possibly, maybe, conceivably delayed til spring 2020, but if so only because the UK generally doesn’t hold elections in December/January because of weather issues, especially for outlying constituencies.)

I say this not because Boris Johnson has declared he wants one, but because Johnson is now in a fatally weak position: he has 289 MPs, even with the DUP on board he has only 299: and Labour (247), SNP (35), LibDems (15), ChUK (5), Plaid Cymru (4), and Green (1): adds up to 307.
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Writing About Brexit: the No to No Deal Brexit Bill

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 4th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

Yesterday (see both of yesterday’s posts, here and here), Boris Johnson became the first Prime Minister since Archibald Primrose in 1894 to lose his first vote in the House of Commons. (And all of the Primrose government’s legislation was blocked by the House of Lords.)
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Writing About Brexit: Making no-deal Brexit unlawful, part 2

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 3rd September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

First step towards preventing No Deal Brexit – Boris Johnson lost the vote on Standing Order 24 by 27 votes, 301 to 328.

Boris Johnson announced he’d be tabling a motion for a general election – yes, he DID mean for Monday 14th October! – under the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act, ie demanding that Labour MPs vote for a general election.
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