Are ‘numbers in place’ to pass Brexit deal AND a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson?

Thumb up: but does Boris Johnson have the numbers to pass his horrific Brexit deal, or is he just bluffing?

This is very curious indeed.

According to the BBC, “The government says it will push ahead with efforts to pass its Brexit deal, despite a major setback to its plans… Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident enough MPs would back the deal next week, and Brexit would still happen by the deadline.”

Alternatively: “Parliamentary arithmetic has the potential to stack up in a successful no-confidence vote – which would require only a simple majority of one vote.”

Could anything better demonstrate how finely-balanced opinions in Parliament are? At the moment, both statements could be true.

But the Brexit deal depends on the Democratic Unionist Party supporting Boris Johnson’s government, and after Saturday’s vote – in which the DUP voted against the government – that seems unlikely.

And the “no confidence” vote depends on both the DUP and the Liberal Democrats supporting it. The Lib Dems are coming close to crunch time now, with choices narrowing down to support for a Jeremy Corbyn-led interim government dedicated to stopping a “no deal” Brexit and securing a general election or support for the Brexit that the party has spent the last few years claiming to oppose.

Rest assured that there will be much verbiage about this in the papers and on TV.

All those words will be meaningless.

All that matters will be what these politicians do.

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1 thought on “Are ‘numbers in place’ to pass Brexit deal AND a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson?

  1. Growing Flame

    Wouldn’t it be great if the MPs (including the DUP) passed an amendment to stay in the Customs Union, thus removing so many headaches like the hard border across Ireland, the border down the Irish Sea, the customs check traffic nightmares at Dover(backing up towards London or north to the former Manston airfield) or the expected traffic chaos in Portsmouth if haulage firms flee from the Dover crossing. Not to mention the huge cost to the economy of all the extra paperwork (red-tape!) that new customs checks involve.

    This idea could be sold as a way to “get it done” by allowing the DUP to support the BoJob deal as well as let a number of “Labour” MPs off the hook by allowing them to support the current “Brexit deal”.

    Then, when all the hard Right Tory MPs, including Johnson, hesitate to pass the amended Bill, because they will characterise it as “Not really Brexit” we can all shout “Get it done!”

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