Theresa May is considering giving MPs a vote on seven Brexit options, including revoking Article 50, over fears her Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union will not pass in the House of Commons, according to Sky News sources.
The indicative votes would be on revoking Article 50 — the EU exit clause triggered in March 2017 — accepting her Withdrawal Agreement, accepting her agreement plus a customs union and Norway-style membership of the EU’s Single Market (the “softest” possible Brexit), a free trade agreement, a second referendum, or a clean, no-deal Brexit, according to an anonymous senior minister who spoke to the broadcaster.
I think Britain will erupt if parliament overrules people, and ties Britain to the EU. It will be yet another example of them telling us that We Know What’s Best For You (like they did with the UK smoking ban).
It will set parliament against people. And if that happens there ought to be an immediate General Election in which the people can vote to get rid of this Remainer parliament. And I suspect that if it comes to parliament versus people, the British people will wish to make it clear that parliament is supposed to represent them, not rule over them.
As far as I understand, the EU has accepted a delay in Britain leaving the EU, but only until 12 April.
While the extension to April 12th — three weeks from today, and two weeks from the original and frequently guaranteed original March 29th departure date — is “unconditional”, European leaders expect Theresa May to use the time to get the withdrawal deal the EU agreed to give her over the line.
I don’t think there’s going to be any national change of heart. The EU has ridden a rising tide of popularity for about half a century, but over the past ten years that tide has begun to subside. People want their countries back. They don’t want to be ruled by unaccountable faceless bureaucrats in Brussels. And that’s why there’s a tidal wave of nationalist populism now sweeping Europe.
The best thing that could happen is that the EU is dissolved into some looser European organisation in which nation states are paramount, and the power of Brussels is minimal. There’s no need for a European superstate with its capital in Brussels. That’s the dream of imperialists who hanker after large, unwieldy empires.
We’re on the brink of a complete political re-organisation of Europe, with most of the long-established political parties swept away. In Britain that will probably mean the sharp contraction of both the Labour and Conservative parties. We’re at the end of the EU era.
I was very surprised by this:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report is complete, nearly two years after he was named to oversee the investigation into obstruction of justice, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and literally anything else that came up.
On a quiet Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice notified the key lawmakers that Attorney General William Barr has received the report.
I thought that the Mueller investigation would just drag on and on and on. It was never likely to find any collusion, but while it was hanging over the Trump administration it could hamper and frustrate him. And that was the whole point of it.
But what’s set to happen now is that the newly Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will pick up where Mueller left off, and start their own investigation (they already have). But this new investigation will be overtly political in ways that the Mueller investigation was not.