With just 41 days to go until our exit from the European Union, we now hear the press saying that Theresa May has just ten days to save Brexit, or else.

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been given ten days to save her Brexit deal or lose a whole tranche of ministers.

And those ministers are then reported to be ready to vote for the Cooper/Boles amendment on what is being seen as the Brexit crunch date of the 27th February that would attempt to force the government to go to Brussels to request an Article 50 extension.

But this would take a government loss that would lead to ground-breaking backbench initiated legislation being forced through Westminster into an act of parliament against the wishes of the government of the day.

This was attempted last month and was defeated by 27 votes, so they may feel a bit more confident now that, with Brexit day fast approaching, more MPs are getting unnecessarily jittery over a no deal Brexit.

But to get this proposed amendment through to be effective would probably require the Speaker, John Bercow, to once again put this amendment through to be voted on. It was controversial enough last time and generated a whole flood of points of order in the house.

Then there is the fact that it has already been voted down, so what is the justification of re-presenting such a tendentious amendment?

And in the end, up comes the question again of would the government ask the Queen not to sign it into law as asking for an extension of the Article 50 negotiating period was not government policy?

As I've said before, everything to do with our EU membership has required the UK constitution to be twisted and hacked about to try and shoehorn our country into the EU system, or to try and stop us leaving it.

But, looking from the other side, it does mean that we will be another ten days nearer to Brexit Day, with only thirty days left for the Remainers to try their little tricks.

And only 17 of those thirty days are normal parliamentary working days!

So I would expect the Brexiteers to have already been scouring their copies of the parliamentary rule books and be readying their procedural spanners in order to return the compliment and wreck the Remainer machinery.

But before this amendment raises its ugly head, Theresa May's deal has to be voted down – again.

You would expect to see the opposition vote en mass against anything Tory and the Conservative Party Brexiteers would also be expected to oppose the government's awful deal.

But all of this would also be terminal for the Tories, as its own MPs on both wings would basically be ripping their own party to shreds.

And all Corbyn's Labour Party has to do is sit back and vote Theresa May's deal down and watch as the Conservative Party peels itself apart.

So, the question is, at the end of the day, what will the Tory Brexiteers do? Will they vote Theresa May's deal down for the good of the country? Or will they vote for her deal to save their party, even the knowledge that it would probably only be a temporary reprieve to buy them time?

Interesting times!

So, please let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Sources:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/brexit-date-commons-vote-may-deal-delay-a8782371.html

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