Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Boris Johnson to IGNORE six-month Brexit delay vote, Robert Peston claims | Politics | News


ITV political editor Robert Peston said there is “method to Johnson’s madness” amid speculation he will ignore a motion plotted for by Remainer MPs for a Brexit delay of another half a year. This would be the fourth Brexit delay and that Britain’s exit would actually take place in March 2020 – an eye-watering four years after the EU referendum in June 2016. Mr Peston said the reason remained MPs led by sacked Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond want a fourth delay is to attempt a forth vote on former Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial withdrawal agreement – despite the fact it failed three meaningful votes before she threw in the towel and that Commons Speaker John Bercow refused to give it a forth meaningful vote.

Mr Peston said: “Well, the 40-odd rebel Tories, led by Hammond, Grieve and Letwin, will – in partnership with pretty much all opposition MPs – push through emergency legislation to compel Johnson to ask the EU to delay Brexit by around six months. Or so one of their leaders tells me.

“They want another six months of blinkin’ Brexit limbo, because they think it would take that long to get parliament to agree at the very last some version of Theresa May’s thrice-rejected Brexit – which would almost certainly end up being put back to us for ratification in a confirmatory referendum, at the insistence of the Labour Party.

“Normally it would be impossible for backbenchers to construct and pass such an important law, because it is the privilege of the serving government to set the order paper and control the business of the house.

“But the Speaker, John Bercow, made it crystal clear today – in his emotional attack on Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament – that he would make sure Hammond, Grieve and co are temporarily given control of the order paper. “Bercow has the power.”

He added: “So it is pretty certain – though not quite inevitable – that backbench MPs and lords will in rapid time attempt to pass a new law to delay Brexit.

“To be clear. Johnson’s enemies probably have the numbers. Of the 40 rebel Tories, precedent would suggest around 20 will hold their nerve and oppose their leader and PM; and it’s highly unlikely that more than three or four Brexity Labour MPs will vote with Johnson, though perhaps ten could abstain.

“So by a slim margin, a bill for a half-year Brexit postponement may squeak into law.

“But that does not mean Johnson will do what MPs order him to do, and actually ask the EU’s 27 leaders to delay the date we leave the EU yet again.”

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Astonishingly, the move sparked mass protests with thousands of Remainers flooding the streets of London yesterday to protest, calling it “anti-democratic”.

Remainers called for Mr Johnson to be ousted as Prime Minister.

Today, the House of Lords, which is made up of Remain-voting peers, has called an emergency weekend session to block a no deal Brexit.

Paul Brand, ITV political correspondent, tweeted: “Senior source in the Lords confident that they can get a bill through to prevent No Deal by Monday, even with filibustering from government.



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