Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Theresa May delaying MPs' vote? (Brexit)

Even as we talked about late upon Monday, there has already been a sense building within Westminster that the perfect minister is, maybe simply by accident, maybe increasingly simply by design, trying to almost the particular last possible minute regarding the definitive Brexit election.

While ministers speak widely of "talks" that should be given time in order to be completed with the particular EU, and officials carry on and chew over the likelihood from the "Malthouse compromise" (remember that? It already looks like months ago that will it emerged, blinking, directly into the Brexit saga) a lot more and more MPs think it is displacement action - ministers keeping outwardly busy while they operate down the clock.

In early stages Tuesday morning, Commons head Andrea Leadsom did not really accurately quash that belief within an interview with the particular Today programme.

Image result for theresa may brexitShe made an appearance to open up the particular likelihood that MPs may in the ending end up being asked to vote in a moment of maximum jeopardy, and that ministers may be willing to allow the matter run that long.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, the top minister herself hinted that this government was prepared to do this.

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She was answering a technical question about the CRAG (the constitutional reform and governance expenses before you ask, Brexit is nothing if not replete with acronyms).

With regard to ages, the existence of that bill has built a theoretical pause among a vote on the deal, and our actual departure from the EUROPEAN UNION.

But today the primary minister said that process could be placed on fast forward.

So, in practice, in case she wants to drive this vote later, and later, then only to the very last minute (and remember the EU does not want to budge until then), that bit of legislation might not be a block, because if MPs approve it, she can get round it.

Which always a large if, of course, but it certainly suggests that the government can at least foresee a situation where they possess to take dramatic last-minute action, regardless of the present regulation says.

What's also rising though is how previous Remainers wish to stop that will happening.

They will not be making use of up their energy this particular week on votes that may not get anywhere.

Yet their concerns have pressed the PM now in order to promise a vote may take place on twenty-seven February.

And there may be another go through the prominent Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper, working along with backing from Tories such as Sir Oliver Letwin plus Nick Boles.

They may again attempt to force by means of legislation that will delay Brexit if the government aren't get a deal required for time, removing the likelihood of that last-minute kamikaze choice.

But that may only work if sufficient Tory Remainers are prepared to vote with all of them.

And the way the particular numbers stack up, that will probably has to suggest ministers being ready in order to quit.

One person in the particular government told me upon Tuesday: "They have in order to realise which is it : and if no mature member of the cupboard is willing to perform it, then we're proceeding for that terrible selection. "

Another minister, a single of those who is usually thinking about departure, mentioned: "I have to appearance the PM in the particular eye and ask exactly what she is absolutely willing in order to do. But for we it's party versus nation, and the Tories avoid excel if we place ourselves prior to the public. inch

Some of those arranging the push to get the March "deal or even no deal" choice away the table believe presently there are at least ten government ministers who might be ready to stop.

Probably so.

On past proof, ministers who see on their own as moderate and practical hang back in the particular end.

But the conclusion of February really will appear to be the particular last moment where these people could do more in order to stop no deal compared to just pass a quality the federal government could then disregard.

If they happen to be not willing in order to give up their ministerial red boxes on twenty-seven February, their chance actually will have gone.

Main Source: BBC 

(- Laura Kuenssberg ,Political editor)

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