Two proposed amendments to the Finance Bill are designed to shut the UK government down, unless a deal is in place with the EU.


Remainer MPs from across the House of Commons have already commenced their anti-Brexit actions for 2019 by putting forward two amendments to the Finance Bill that is up for debate on Tuesday.

These amendments would stop the government planning for a no deal exit without parliament's say so and also prevent the Treasury from raising income tax and corporation tax unless parliament has approved a Brexit deal.

At this late stage with no time for more negotiations or a referendum both of these, if voted through by MPs and supported in the House of Lords, would force the government to somehow delay Brexit either by asking the EU to extend Article 50 – which they are highly unlikely to do – or to revoke the Article 50 letter itself and completely reverse Brexit. There is no other way.

The EU has already said it won't extend Article 50 for renegotiations and the EU27 member states would drive hard bargains to give us an extension anyway.

And, according to the ECJ (European Court of Justice), the revocation route is designed to be an unequivocal statement that we would be staying in the EU permanently – it would not be a temporary measure!

So, if parliament does vote these amendments through, its members will basically have trashed UK democracy. They'd better think long and hard about that one!

Now, Theresa May has stated categorically that the meaningful vote on her deal will go ahead as planned.

Speaking on the BBC Andrew Marr show she also said that her deal was a good deal for the country – cue raucous laughter from both the Brexit and Remain wings – and she also said that the EU had agreed some changes in the last month, though what those are is not yet apparent to anyone except her.

She did say though that she would be giving more detail on this over the coming week concerning the Northern Ireland backstop, more say for parliament on the negotiations during the transition phase after the 29th March and some specific measures relating to Northern Ireland.

And when asked if she would step down before those talks started, she said that her party had decided that they want her to deliver Brexit, so that is what she would work on doing.

The trouble is that she may have survived a vote of confidence from within her own party, but many of her MPs – probably the majority of those not on her government payroll, intend to vote against the deal. As will Labour, the SNP and the DUP.

And of the ministers she has got, some may well decide to resign their government posts at the 11th hour and vote against her proposals.

Her deal is going nowhere fast, despite all attempts to magnify Project Fear.

And the Tory Brexiteer MPs are not for turning, they can see that Project Terrify-the-People is just not having the government's desired effect on either their fellow MPs nor on the majority of the country at large.

Writing on this in the Daily Mail, Conservative MP and Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith, said that Project Fear was like some sort of broken and distorted record that runs on and on with ever reducing effect.

But still the government intends to pursue this course when MPs return to the Commons from their festive break next week, he said.

But as far as he's concerned, Project fear has gone wrong and:

"In fact, it has been replaced by the growing sense among the public and MPs that preparations to leave with No Deal are finally being put in place." he writes.

He also says that we should expect to see three things next week.

The first will be an amendment to the meaningful vote designed to allow parliament to leave the backstop if it wished. But as he points out this would fly in the face of the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement so any use of that clause would rightfully be struck down by the courts.

Secondly he said that the government intends to seek a new protocol that clarifies the backstop position. But protocols like this, he says, are normally sidelined by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) so we will still be bound by the Withdrawal Agreement itself anyway.

And thirdly he says that Theresa May intends to plough on with her deal and keep resubmitting it to parliament until they submit. To which Iain Duncan Smith's answer was that he couldn't believe any government would be that stupid.

And he ends by stating the obvious, that if the EU really wanted to have a proper trading relationship with us, as opposed to shackling the UK, then they would have made the appropriate changes. Which he says leaves us with only one option and that is to leave on WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms on the 29th March.

And to help combat the remnants of project Fear against the WTO option, Tory peer, Lord Lilley will be issuing a 30 point guide to MPs tomorrow, that rejects all of the hyped up horrors of a no-deal or WTO exit from the EU.

And Lord Lilley also said that:

"The Government is in the bizarre position of preparing to leave on WTO terms, while pretending that its preparations will be unsuccessful."


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