Constitutional Chaos

It’s going to be Brexit and nothing but Brexit for the next 10 days at least, I’m afraid:

Theresa May’s government has been plunged into constitutional chaos after the Speaker blocked the prime minister from asking MPs to vote on her Brexit deal for a third time unless it had fundamentally changed.

With 11 days to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, May was forced to pull her plans for another meaningful vote because John Bercow said she could not ask MPs to pass the same deal, after they rejected it twice by huge margins. EU officials, meanwhile, were considering offering her a new date for a delayed Brexit to resolve the crisis.

Quoting from the guide to parliamentary procedure, Erskine May, Bercow said the question “may not be brought forward again during the same session” and that it was a “strong and longstanding convention” dating back to 1604. It must be “not different in terms of wording, but different in terms of substance”, he said, suggesting there must be a change in what the EU is offering.

I thought that Bercow actually had a good point, in saying that the Government shouldn’t keep going back to Parliament with the same question to put before them.

The same could be said about a second referendum. The British people were asked in 2016 whether they wanted to remain in the EU or leave. They gave their answer: leave. To ask them to vote again, as many people seem to want, would be to annul the 2016 vote. How many times will they to be asked to vote?

It’s the same with the proposed delay that Theresa May is now requesting. If she can get one delay, then she can get another. There could be an endless set of delays.

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8 Responses to Constitutional Chaos

  1. Fred says:

    One does wonder if smokers are over-represented among brexiteers and if the smoking ban played
    a part in peoples voting.

  2. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    There is no crisis save within the minds of those who would shackle us to the EU until it all unravels, as it eventually will. Like the Third Reich before it, it won’t last a thousand years.

    Mrs May had one job to do, as promised in the government’s own referendum booklet and in her own election campaign, namely Leave the EU. We didn’t vote for a ‘deal’ with the EU. We voted to Leave.

    Our government’s actions since Day One after the referendum has been a concerted effort to betray the majority who voted Leave.

    How do we bring our government and our politicians to account for their treason?


    • Timothy Goodacre says:

      The sooner this bunch of traitors are held to account the better. Democracy is now completely dead in this nanny state.

  3. Andydan says:

    I thought this a good blogpost:

    It’s clear at last that our rulers have complete contempt for us. I don’t know what’ll happen in the next week, but things will never be the same again.

  4. waltc says:

    The elites (and their arrogantly misinformed fan base) are becoming impatient with all of us. This week, the US Democrats–especially but not only those running for president– have proposed the following: : padding the Supreme Court with six more seats, and term-limiting the judges; abolishing the Electoral College (thereby allowing California and New York to decide every national election forever); allowing illegal immigrants to vote, and lowering the voting age to 16, while allowing everyone to vote online.. And since undoing the Electoral College would require a constitutional amendment–purposely made difficult to do–13 blue states have already figured out a way to get around that by passing resolutions to cast all their electoral votes to…whoever New York and California elect. Just as the elites are trying to eat the Second Amendment and chunks of the First.

    IOW, having lost an election, they’re angrily declaring war on the Constitution.

    Benjamin Franklin’s proposition that what the founders had created was “a Republic, Madam, if you can keep it,” suddenly seems iffy-er by the day.

    And here’s Dalrymple’s take on your similar fix:

    • Clicky says:

    • Frank Davis says:

      allowing illegal immigrants to vote

      Letting absolutely everybody to vote disenfranchises absolutely everybody.

      If, for example, anyone in Europe could vote in French elections, the French people would cease to have any say in their own affairs. They would cease to be represented. They would become a powerless minority in their own country.

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