NO DEAL CANNOT BE ‘TAKEN OFF THE TABLE’ BECAUSE IT IS THE ABSENCE OF ANYTHING ON THE TABLE
Multi-deal Brexit (WTO) is the default option – or have MPs been lying to us for the last two years?
This evening MPs will once again gather in Westminster for an important series of votes in the House of Treason. This time they will be voting on the ‘UK’s withdrawal from the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship’.
This is the debate promised by Mrs May which is purported to have the effect of taking the option of a multi-deal Brexit on WTO terms off the table. In the BBC’s terms, this is the ‘no deal’ option being removed.
While the outcome of the vote is not legally binding, as a ‘meaningful vote’ it will be used as a guide for shaping primary legislation which we believe the Government will bring forward within days.
MPs will be voting against their voters
It is widely expected that MPs will vote this evening to take ‘no deal’ off the table. In doing so they will be voting against what they approved when they voted to trigger Article 50.
On 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that the Government must enact legislation in order to invoke Article 50. In a piece of irony not uncommon in the Brexit story, it was arch-Remainer Gina Miller and her friends who forced this.
The result was the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017. This Act permitted the Prime Minister to give formal notice to the EU of the UK’s departure.
They voted in favour by almost 5 to 1
MPs voted by 494 to 122 on 8 February 2017 to pass this Bill – a massive majority of 372, far higher than any majority in any recent votes relating to Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement. The Act received Royal Assent on 16 March 2017 and Article 50 was invoked on 29 March 2017.
This Act effectively made the exiting of the European Union unconditional, after two years from the date of invoking article 50. Primary legislation therefore dictates that the UK leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
After voting for this Act by almost 5 to 1, MPs now wish to reverse their decision this evening. In effect, they have deceived the country for almost two years. And those two years included a General Election.
The EU have made clear that they will offer nothing more. In effect, therefore, MPs will be voting tonight to remove the possibility of leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, as voted for by Parliament and as promised more than 80 times by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.
This will then be followed by further votes tomorrow, to delay or otherwise thwart Brexit.
It is our opinion that the great majority of our MPs are now unfit for purpose.[Sources: Hansard | The Supreme Court]
1. James Bertram, Wednesday, 13 March, 2019, 08:30:
Email I’ve just sent to my Remain Tory MP Anne Milton – which may inspire you to send similar:
Today you vote for or against keeping ‘No Deal’ on the table. It is a free vote – so there is no place to hide.
You have indicated that you will vote to remove No Deal – despite this being against the referendum result, against your manifesto promises, and against your having voted to trigger Article 50; it is also against your local AGM’s motion on 8th March. Frankly, I regard you as a lost cause.
However you may not have considered this matter of self-preservation:
If we do not leave on the 29th March you will split the Tory Party. With Labour bringing about a vote of no confidence, you will have left the Brexiteers no option but to bring the Government down. The Brexiteers will then fight the election as a separate pro-Brexit Tory Party – it is the only way the Tories can win – and they will win and probably by a landslide, because who else will 17.4 million betrayed voters vote for? And you will be out on your ear – deservedly so.
So, if you want to stay in Government, then you need to make sure No Deal remains on the table, and that we leave on 29th March.
2. Jon, Wales, Wednesday, 13 March, 2019, 09:38:
Excellent article, though I fear remain MPs will not care as they appear to have a problem being reminded of what most of them voted for and set into motion.
Those MPs who defy a democratic majority should stand down. Why should we ordinary people trust MPs when their majority do not accept the majority instruction from the electorate?
Consider this: Stephen [remoaner] Gethins MP (SNP Europe spokesman) won his 2017 Westminster seat by TWO VOTES ONLY (or 0%). I suggest it right and proper his election be re-run, or do we accept he won a democratic mandate by two votes? Mr Gethins has the honour of being the holder of the LOWEST 2017 MAJORITY yet he objects to 17.4 million voting to “Leave the European Union”.
No MP has the right to defy the majority of the voters, which in this case was a UK-wide vote to which Parliament consented. EVERY MP knew what they were doing, but [remoaner MPs] now throw their dummies out of their pram! In fact, many MPs who voted for the 2016 referendum are the very same MPs now trying to subvert the result.
SO WHY SHOULD WE TRUST MPs EVER AGAIN when they treat the electorate with contempt? I do not of course include MPs fighting hard to get us out of the EU.
What point is there in deferring our exit from the EU beyond 29 March 2019? If the EU27 have not agreed terms acceptable to the majority of MPs by now, after more than two years of negotiation, asking for more time is hardly likely to persuade them to do so.
That is common sense – something that seems to be in short supply in the House of Treason. In fact it is only leaving on schedule on 29 March that is likely to make the EU27 think again and agree reasonable terms for a future trading relationship with the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland.
A further referendum, before the mandate of the last has been implemented, would be the negation of democracy. What is needed, indeed what is indispensable, is that the result of the 2016 referendum be delivered, without further unreasonable delay.