Friday 9 August 2019
The Remain campaign are being taken to the cleaners. August is supposed to be a quiet month in politics, but Boris Johnson’s pro-Brexit government are on the rampage. Summer leave has been cancelled, election fever has taken hold of Westminster. At last, the boot is on the other foot. The Brexit haters are getting a kicking.
Last weekend, the Europhile establishment erupted following reports Boris will not rush to name a polling day in the event he loses a no confidence vote. Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would happen first.
The maths is simple, the prime minister has 14 days to try and restore confidence. After dissolving parliament, there need to be at least 25 working days before the election. Boris would be entitled to instruct the Queen to hold the election in November, not at the first available day.
For their part, the opposition first needs to arrange a no confidence motion. Parliament doesn’t resume until September 3. Given their ineptitude, the vote will arrive late. Time has run out. Too bad.
Westmonster have an excellent write-up on reports in three different papers today that an election would be held on 1 November or a few days late – click to read here. Britain is set to leave the EU on October 31.
“I can’t see how the courts could say the prime minister wasn’t entitled to take political considerations into account. It’s an intensely political process. These aren’t questions of law for the courts,” said Lord Sumption on the Today programme.
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Remainers have made a pitiful attempt to fight back. Jeremy Corbyn has protested to the cabinet secretary against a general election the day after Britain leaves the EU while minions scour the parliamentary rulebook for mad strategies to stop the government from sitting out a no confidence vote.
Dominic Grieve claims he can help assemble a “national unity government”. John McDonnell says it would have to be Labour led. Neither have explained how they’d get there. A lowly former Lib Dem MP called David Howarth has tried to come up with a plan. Leave.EU has looked into it, read our eviscerating analysis here.
Note also Howarth (pictured below) is a former electoral Commissioner. We should be incredulous. The fact we’re not speaks volumes.
The Tories are talking a strong game – not explicitly mind – but the ghost of Theresa May’s humiliating administration looms large. She cynically played the Brexit card to boost her popularity in advance of the 2017 general election. Look where that got us.
The flap Boris is getting the opposition into has the same hallmarks. Perhaps Tory strategists have devised the plan solely to spook Labour to not trigger a confidence vote, another bluff, just like May.
Team Boris will be keenly aware Corbyn and McDonnell didn’t have the guts to take up the Lib Dems’ proposal of a no confidence vote just before parliament broke for the summer. This week’s tough talk raises doubts about their intention to take Britain out of the EU without a deal.
All the more reason to be vigilant and place trust in the Brexit Party who do not play games the way the Tories like to.
Conservative Party chairman James Cleverley acted shamefully in laying the blame for last week’s by-election loss in Brecon and Radnorshire to the Lib Dems on the Brexit Party. “Voting for Brexit Party will delay Brexit,” ran the headline.
Two can play at that game. At the Peterborough by-election in June, pro-Brexit parties won a majority, but Labour snuck it. Had the Tories not stood, the Brexit Party would have prevailed.
Nigel Farage’s still very young party is invaluable. Would Boris have made such a brilliantly bold pitch for the leadership had Farage and his diverse candidates not been similarly awesome in romping to victory on a No Deal manifesto at the EU elections? We think not. Nigel is keeping the Tories as honest as conceivably possible. The Brexit Party have now named150 stellar candidates for Westminster. They mean business and are here to stay.
Besides, the Brexit Party can beat Labour in their own back yard where the Tories don’t have a prayer. As argued by Leave.EU’s chairman in the Express recently, a “loose pact” is essential to consolidate the Brexit vote and see off both the mendacious Remain campaign and Corbyn.
“Two birds with one stone.” Let’s make it happen.