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Thread #165570 Message #4015037
Posted By: Steve Shaw
23-Oct-19 - 12:45 PM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
It would be utterly reckless, considering Johnson's dishonesty, to agree to an election until it is enshrined in law that there can be no no-deal either now or at the end of 2020. There is next to no chance that a trade deal with the EU will be signed off by then, and further extensions to the transition period will definitely be needed. Without a legal assurance that such extensions will be automatic (unless Parliament, not the government, decides otherwise), it would be foolish to allow him his election. Let him wallow. If he tries a bill to sidestep the Fixed-term Parliament Act (another of Cameron's many stupidities), it will be amendable, and he will probably lose control of the election date. Ken Clarke has said it could even be amended to lower the voting age to 16. I have a feeling that Johnson won't try that ploy. He doesn't have a majority to fend off hostile amendments, after all.