Stormy times ahead for Government’s Brexit move

Stormy times ahead for Brexit parliament

Yes, I know it is Thursday, not Monday, but I can hardly let the events of yesterday wait another four days before I talk about them. Besides, I suspect a great deal more is going to happen in the next four days…! In case you missed it yesterday, here’s what happened. Jacob Rees-Mogg went to see Her Majesty in his role as “Lord President of the Privy Council” to advise her that Parliament should be “prorogued”. The Queen, who I imagine at first thought that Moggy was a Palace ghost from the 19th Century, has no choice. So she had to sign the order to stop Parliament for a month. The last time anyone stopped Parliament for this long was back in 1628, and the person who asked for that …

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MPs agree on what they already agreed upon for Brexit

Parliament votes on Brexit

Look, I don’t like to put a dampener on things on a day when MPs finally agreed to something. However, given that in various TV interviews people are calling tonight’s vote a “victory” and Mrs May herself is proclaiming the decision as some kind of historic moment, I thought I should clarify what has happened in the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago a motion was rejected by Parliament which meant MPs were effectively saying “we don’t like this agreement, please get another one”. Tonight, an amendment was carried by Parliament, and that amendment is effectively saying, “we don’t like this agreement, please get another one.” All that has happened is semantics. MPs have supported an amendment which says the reverse of what was said in the original motion …

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