The government has given its response to the amendment allowed through yesterday by the Speaker, John Bercow.


The government response to being forced to go back to the Commons with their next moves should the PM have her proposed Brexit deal voted down, is to limit the debate to on her response to 90 minutes and only allow one amendment.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said that concerning:

"….the motion that would follow from the Grieve amendment, there would only be 90 minutes of debate on the motion is our understanding and only one amendment could be selected."

Now, I'm glad he said 'is our understanding', because since yesterday the Speaker, John Bercow, seems to have a completely different understanding of these matters when it comes to Brexit. And as has been pointed out before, the Speaker's word is final on House of Commons procedures.

And the PM's spokesman did say that the government's interpretation of the Grieve amendment could be overturned by the Speaker, if he interpreted it differently.

Back bench MPs angling for a second referendum or more likely trying to reverse Brexit, are predictably upset at the hour and a half debating period and one amendment, as they want to see a long debate with a plethora of Brexit busting amendments up for individual debates and votes.

So, will a Speaker who seems to want to use Brexit to reform the House of Commons rules, continue on the path he followed yesterday and keep driving his coach and horses through parliamentary procedures?

Theresa May herself is continuing the forlorn battle to save her doomed deal, with Downing Street indicating that an amendment put forward by Labour MPs to ensure workers' rights and protect the environment by enshrining EU standards into UK law would be looked at favourably. This might well encourage some Labour MPs into breaking ranks and voting with the government to avoid a no-deal WTO exit from the EU.

And Labour MP John Mann has said that this would make the PM's Brexit deal look more attractive.

But even so, the odds are definitely against the PM getting her deal through the Commons, as reports come in saying that she is facing a stupendous loss by a margin of 228 votes, which would, it is said, make it the largest ever Commons defeat.

But by making UK law mirror EU law to get Labour support, she might just find that she loses more support amongst her own ranks in the process.

And while all this is going on, disaffected Tory MPs are ganging up with their Labour counterparts to talk about trying to force the UK to stay in the single market and customs union – you know, to stay shackled to the outside of the bloc, while they work out how to get us back fully inside.

But all those Tories will do, is muddy waters and get in the way of their own government while Labour tries to engineer a general election.

Now, there has been talk that Theresa May has actually been advised to time calling a general election herself, for Thursday the 4th April, which would shut down parliament for the preceding 25 days making it impossible for Remainer MPs to keep scheming right up until a WTO exit on the 29th March.

But one imagines this would be a politically dangerous ploy for the Tories, who could face a meltdown at the ballot box.

There is also the matter that she would need the support of two thirds of MPs to vote for a general election. And you have to wonder how many Tories sat on those green benches are turkeys voting for Christmas!

The Labour Party is also said to be planning a vote of confidence in the government, for if and probably when the PM's deal fails next week, which in itself could trigger a general election. But once again it would need the support of those on the government side of the house to help and how many really would?

And Jeremy Corbyn is of course also calling for a general election in his party's own right to, in his words, 'break the deadlock' over Brexit.

But of course, in order to break that deadlock properly, the Labour Party would need to have a coherent plan of its own for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU wouldn't it?

But that party is as riven as the Tories are. Corbyn says he wants to see Brexit through, but most of the rest of his party would fight that tooth and nail. So the terms 'Coherent Brexit plan' and 'Labour Party', do not belong on the same page, let alone in the same sentence.

So all a general election would do, would be to replace one set of Remainers fighting their leader's Brexit plans, with another set, but this would be a set of Marxist Remainers fighting their Marxist leader's Brexit plans.

In fact, as far as I can see, if one were called we'd be going into a general election with Tory MPs being forced to sign up to a manifesto of May's disastrous Brexit deal versus anything that Corbyn's Labour could cobble together at the last minute.

But, waiting in the wings will be the only party that can deliver what the people voted for in 2016, the only party that could be totally relied on to trigger the repeal of the European Communities Act of 1972, the only party that would put representatives into the House of Commons who would work tirelessly for the good of the UK and its people, instead of for the benefit of the EU and its bureaucrats and the only party that will work 100% to make a success of Brexit.

And that party is of course the UK Independence Party! So, get ready to support and vote for UKIP – and please join the party as well.


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