Brexit bill backed by Parliament – including a few Labour MPs

The UK Parliament has voted 358 to 234 in favour of Boris Johnson’s  EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which included six Labour MPs who voted against their leader Jeremy Corbyn’;s advice.

BBC: MPs back Boris Johnson’s plan to leave EU on 31 January

MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.

They voted 358 to 234 in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament.

The bill would also ban an extension of the transition period – during which the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules – past 2020.

The PM said the country was now “one step closer to getting Brexit done”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told his MPs to vote against the bill, saying there was “a better and fairer way” to leave the EU – but six of them backed the government.

Mr Johnson insists a trade deal with the EU can be in place by the end of the transition period, but critics say this timescale is unrealistic.

The bill had been expected to pass easily after the Conservatives won an 80-seat majority at last week’s general election

The vote passed by 124 votes.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Lessons from Boris: Respect for voters is good politics

And that is, in no small measure, what the election was about: The people, especially disenfranchised laborers and people in rural Great Britain, saying: Not this time. We actually do know what is best for us and we know what we voted for and we meant it.

American politicians who do not see the parallel to this country are living in denial, or an alternative universe.

Boris Johnson has given us a lesson if we are willing to learn.

His message is fairly simple: popular sovereignty and national sovereignty.

That is, the people, not the queen, and not the courts, and not the media, and not the self-anointed enlightened class get to choose their leaders and their national direction.

And the elites are not allowed to veto, or nullify, the people if they think their choices ill considered.

Britain voted for Brexit. The British wanted to be British not Europeans (Mr. Johnson calls it “One Nation Conservatism”). They wanted their own economy. They were not globalists and did not wish to be part of a global economy in which British jobs were given away to other nations. They wondered how impoverishing them was somehow modern and progressive. They would not willingly be absorbed.

On the night of his victory, Mr. Johnson made a point of thanking traditional Labour voters who trusted him and gave his party a chance to defend their interests.

There is a lesson for Republicans in the U.S. and the president here: Reach out. Expand the base.

And there is a lesson for Democrats: Hug the middle and get out of the East and West Coast elitist bubble. Don’t promise what cannot be delivered but pursue what will help the country progress and change economic fortunes in the heartland and for the working man and woman.

The ultimate lesson for both parties? Respect the voters.

I’d widen that to ‘respect the voters at all times, not just in election campaigns’.


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    • Duker

       /  21st December 2019

      Goes to show the pre election polls cant acoount for the 15% or so who ‘make up their mind’ when they are in the voting booth. But its not known by how that group varies from those who had decided before the last week ( which is captured by last polls)

      I was reading something last week written by Peter Dunne, where he falsely claimed in the UK , the Queen would ‘ask the leader of the largest party’ to form a government , even when it wasnt clear they had a majority. I think he was pushing that idea for NZ .
      in 2017 The Conservatives werent asked to form a government until they had signed up the DUP to a confidence and supply agreement ( this took some time as DUP are so very Irish about everything)
      Same back in 2010 …”Coalition talks began immediately between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, and lasted for five days. ”
      Cameron was asked by the Queen to form a government until he had a deal with another party that had a majority, and the resignation of Labours Brown.

      So much for 2019 being a ‘heavy defeat’ as Gordon Brown Lost 97 seats in that election compared to Corbyns 60 in 2019
      Do you think the newspapers tell you that Corbyns vote share was 32% to Browns 29%. The seat count difference isnt so much the current leader as its the SNP grabbing 50 most labour seats in Scotland

  1. Pink David

     /  21st December 2019


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