Law to block “no deal” Brexit has Royal Assent. Did BoJob just splurge thousands on a duff ad campaign?

Ready for an extension? The Conservatives have been flooding the social media with “Get ready for Brexit” adverts – but was this a lie?

The Queen has given Royal Assent to a backbench law barring the government from taking the UK out of the European Union without a withdrawal agreement that has been approved by Parliament.

This means that, if Boris Johnson fails to negotiate such a deal before October 19, he will have to beg the EU for an extension in which an agreement can be hammered out. The law even provides the text of the letter, to ensure that Mr Johnson sticks to the intention – as well as the letter – of this law.

And this creates an interesting issue, because the Tory government has been flooding the media with adverts insisting that we need to “Get Ready for Brexit” on October 31.

Here‘s The Guardian:

The government has spent tens of thousands of pounds in recent days on adverts promising “Brexit is happening” on 31 October, despite increasing uncertainty over whether it actually will, PA Media reports.

Figures from Facebook showed the government had paid out £30,531 on the targeted posts in the five days since they were launched on 4 September – the same week MPs voted to block a no-deal departure.

The adverts point to information for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the planned exit on Halloween.

It might have been better for Mr Johnson to prepare for the planned exit on Hallowe’en – but we understand that the EU hasn’t heard a word from him.

Those adverts started going out on September 4, the day the Commons voted to approve the anti-“no deal” Act. So there’s no way the Tories can say they didn’t know it was coming.

So this raises a major question:

Did the Conservatives irresponsibly waste tens of thousands of pounds on a lie?

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  1. Sean Morton September 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Woohoo don’t worry about the 52% or anything. Leave means leave!!!

    • Mike Sivier September 9, 2019 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      This guy doesn’t seem to understand that nothing about the anti-“no deal” Act stops the UK from leaving the EU.

  2. trev September 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Sickening waste of money. To think what I could have done with 30 grand. Who am I kidding, right now 30 quid would make a big difference.

  3. daz nez September 9, 2019 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    the act is flawed, when boris is taken to court in november, judges will find the bill did require queen’s consent, as opposed to what bercow ruled.

    this may be why they pulled the filibuster. it’s not over, we could still be leaving on october 31st.

    • Mike Sivier September 9, 2019 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      The Bill has had the Queen’s consent.

  4. joanna September 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Hi Mike I also saw in the piece a headline that Mr Bercow is stepping down on 31st October.

    • Mike Sivier September 9, 2019 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Yes. See my article.

      • Sandy September 10, 2019 at 5:56 am - Reply

        Spotted a typo…. “Those adverts started going out on October 4, the day the Commons voted to approve the anti-“no deal” Act. So there’s no way the Tories can say they didn’t know it was coming.”

        Surely you mean September 4, not October? It’s an easy enough mistake to make as you must have written this late at night and been knackered to boot. I too am a carer and can barely remember my name late at night let alone anything else! No need to post this up.

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