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Writing About Breaking International Law

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 11th September 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

Let us consider where we are.

Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister and holds a 79-seat/bullet-proof majority in the House of Commons. He has made clear to his MPs that neither rebellion nor dissent are tolerated and he will remove the Whip – that is, make a Tory MP an Independent MP without a party – from any of his MPs who act in any way contrary to his instructions.

Boris Johnson has instructed his government to insert clauses into the Internal Market Bill which break international law. This has been publicly admitted to by several of his Cabinet ministers – not that Boris Johnson gave the instructions (it may have been Dominic Cummings, who knows) but that certain clauses in the Internal Market Bill do break international law, Ministers of the Crown know this, and they want this bill enacted even though it breaks international law.
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Writing About Brexit: Did the Queen want to sack Boris Johnson?

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 30th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.Ian Birrell is a former David Cameron speechwriter. He’s now deputy-editor at the paper formerly known as The Independent.

Ian Birrell says, in today’s column in the i, that a “well-placed source” told him that before the Supreme Court’s verdict against the goverrment last week, “The Queen had, for the first time in her reign, sought advice on sacking a prime minister”.

There are two especially interesting things about this.

First, the Queen doesn’t publicly interfere in politics. Constitutionally, she can’t. When acting as Monarch, she does what the government of the day tells her. When the outgoing PM recommends the incoming PM to her as having “the confidence of the Commons”, she appoints him PM because that’s her function. When instructed by the PM to prorogue Parliament, she follows instructions, because, again, that’s her function. Any interference is strictly private and takes place at the weekly briefing the PM is required to give the Queen – an hour’s private access during which the PM is required to tell the Queen what’s really happening and the Queen – is not supposed to say anything, but anything she does say is strictly, absolutely, totally, completely confidential.

If the Queen really did contemplate interfering in politics to the extent of dismissing Boris Johnson as Prime Minister when she had not received a request to do so, that’s actually serious.
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Writing About Brexit: Can the PM Prorogue Parliament On A Whim?

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 18th September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

I’m not a lawyer.

I am fascinated by the UK’s uncodified constitution, which it seems entirely possible is going to be added to by the ruling of the Supreme Court from their hearing this week on proroguing Parliament.

If I were not working when the court is sitting, I would undoubtedly be annoying Marie on a regular basis by watching the Supreme Court hearing’s livestream.

The UK’s constitution with regard to Parliamentary sessions as of last week, was that the Prime Minister can prorogue Parliament any time the PM wants by having the Queen advised that Parliament is to be prorogued and the Queen’s Speech opening the next session of Parliament will take place on such-and-such a date.
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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: 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: Swearing and stockpiling

This was first posted on Facebook 1st September 2019.

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiNext week is when we find out what the hell will happen with Parliament and Brexit, as the week after next, Johnson can prorogue Parliament any day he likes.

Options for MPs:
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Writing About Brexit: No Deal Brexit inevitable

This was first posted on Facebook on 29th August 2019, and repostd here with support from my Ko-Fi network.

Why I think we all need to start prepping for No Deal Brexit (or take up the prepping again if you were prepping for Brexit earlier in the year):

Boris Johnson has petitioned the Queen (who had no constitutional option but to agree) to prorogue Parliament – at earliest Monday 9th September, at latest Thursday 12th September.

The first day on which Corbyn could call for a no-confidence vote against Boris Johnson in Monday 2nd September, but he would be unlikely to do so as MPs are on their way back from their constituencies on Mondays. It is clear that the nascent Remain alliance – such as it is – isn’t yet together enough to have a coherent proposal which Tory MPs furious at Johnson may back even at the cost of losing their seats in the next General Election. But supposing they all do some hard thinking over the weekend (“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully”) and conclude on a Plan – a caretaker-PM, a temporary government supported by 320 MPs (or whatever – enough to keep voting down Johnson’s Tories & a handful of diehard Brexiteers of other parties and none): and a process to stop no-deal Brexit.
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Writing About Brexit: preparing for No Deal

First published on Facebook 29th August 2019.

I wrote this as calmly as I could.

But I don’t have words for how angry, despairing, frightened, and angry I am that it has come to this.

Why I think we all need to start prepping for No Deal Brexit (or take up the prepping again if you were prepping for Brexit earlier in the year):
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Writing About Brexit: proroguing Parliament, 1

This was first posted on Facebook on 29th August 2019.

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiBoris Johnson will prorogue Parliament from the 2nd week in September – week beginning 9th September – to 14th October: Queen’s Speech 14th October. Continue reading

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