What is the government up to? Not very much, according to research out on Monday. Some serious number-crunching by the Times has revealed that Theresa May’s government is the most inactive for at least two decades. The number of votes held in the nine months since the general election – traditionally when a government enacts its vision – is lower than after each of the elections won by David Cameron or Tony Blair. What’s more, there’s no sign of things improving any time soon. The threat of rebel Brexit amendments is proving so troublesome to the whips’ office that key votes keep being postponed.

As a result, this week MPs are being treated to two days of “general debate on European affairs”. Given that it’s only 381 days until Britain leaves the EU, you’d be forgiven for thinking there may be a better way for MPs to be spending their time. Indeed, the statute book could hardly be described as “Brexit-ready”. There’s still a huge number of bills that need to be passed before this country is legislatively prepared for life outside the EU.

However, despite this, it would be a mistake to blame Brexit alone for this government’s paralysis. If anything, it’s Brexit that is keeping the Theresa May show on the road. Since May lost her majority, the government has struggled to find purpose. That disastrous result meant the prime minister had to effectively abandon her manifesto, scrapping most of her domestic agenda.

Source: Brexit is masking the government’s complete paralysis | Katy Balls | Opinion | The Guardian


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