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Thread #165570 Message #4015070
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
23-Oct-19 - 03:07 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.
The logic is somewhat lacking.
If the reason Labour are currently unwilling to have a general election is because they would lose, and the Conservative Party would get a majority then it matters not whether 'the government' or 'parliament' decide not to accept continuing delay. They would be the same thing effectively. Similarly if a law was enshrined that there could be no leaving under WTO terms, an incoming government (if it had a majority) could merely overturn that law. This is the reason that Labour have been running-scared of the election for which they have been so long shouting.