PARLIAMENT VERSUS THE PEOPLE
YESTERDAY’S ‘COMPROMISE’ IN PARLIAMENT: A RECIPE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS
by a member of the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team
The problem in trying to calm nerves over Brexit is our Remainer Prime Minister’s past performance over the last two years.
Each time there has been a leaked private briefing of some possible compromise detrimental to the cause of a full, clean Brexit, it has come true.
In the last two years our editor has had private conversations with politicians who have reassured him that something we were concerned about would not happen when it came to it.
Each time our concerns proved to be right and the government has indeed done what was rumoured. Let’s just take a very recent example. It was initially rumoured that the government would propose an extension to the Transition Period.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – DELAY AFTER DELAY FOR LEAVING EU
Referendum vote and decision to leave EU: 23 June 2016
Original leaving date: 22 June 2018 (based on Cameron’s promise immediately to invoke Article 50)
Delayed leaving date: 29 March 2019 (2 years after delayed triggering of Article 50)
Even more delayed leaving date: 31 December 2020, following a ‘Transition Period’ of 21 months
Still more delayed leaving date: 31 December 2021, following an extension to the Transition Period
Most people who voted Brexit initially thought that 29 March next year would be the latest possible leaving date. Many – like us – were horrified when the ‘Transition Period’ was proposed by Mrs May’s government. This would have taken the real exit date to the end of 2020.
We were reassured that this wouldn’t happen, but in fairly short order it was accepted by the pro-Brexit camp in parliament, including by Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg of the ERG. This is despite them being clear that it is totally unwarranted.
Then two weeks ago we heard of the extension to the Transition Period – the ‘back-stop to the back-stop’. Again it seemed like an impossibility that this would be accepted by our pro-Brexit MPs in parliament. And yet they remained docile.
Therefore when it comes to yesterday’s last minute meeting between Theresa May and the mutineers in her party, and the reports of what it involved, we have to believe the worst.
We believe the mutinous and treasonous MPs who attended that private meeting when they say that if parliament rejects the final Brexit deal, it will be parliament that will decide the next course of action.
THE OFFICIAL VERSION
DExEU, the department led by David Davis, who is supposedly in charge of the Brexit negotiations, issued a statement last night saying:
“The Brexit secretary has set out three tests that any new amendment has to meet — not undermining the negotiations, not changing the constitutional role of parliament and government in negotiating international treaties, and respecting the referendum result. We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the Government’s hands in the negotiations.”
THE REMOANER MPs’ VERSION
The rebel MPs tell a different story. This is what Dominic Grieve MP had to say:
“I am very pleased that the government has listened to the concerns of many colleagues and has responded positively to the need to amend the bill further to provide a proper mechanism to enable parliament to act, where necessary, if there is no deal or a deal is rejected by negotiations. We will now work with the government to get acceptable amendments tabled in the Lords to address this.”
Unfortunately we believe the rebels, because Mrs May’s track record over two years has been to cave in on everything.
Brexit Facts4EU.Org staffer, 06.55am, 13 June 2018