There is an unconstitutional plot by Remainer MPs to shut down government, if the new Prime Minister decides to pursue a no deal Brexit.

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Both of those potentially lining up to be the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, have refused to rule out leaving the EU without a deal and a couple Remain MPs have responded by threatening to shut down the UK government unless they either rule out no deal, or get the approval of the House of Commons to leave the EU without a deal.

Labour MP, Margaret Beckett and Tory MP Dominic Grieve have laid an amendment to upcoming legislation that, if approved by MPs, could shut down the government, if the new Prime Minister went ahead with a no deal Brexit without the approval of MPs.

This is an attempt to force either Jeremy Hunt or more likely Boris Johnson, to have a vote in the House of Commons to approve a no deal Brexit before going down that avenue – possibly in the hope of preventing Brexit altogether.

What this duo is doing, is trying to shut off government spending unless the UK either has a properly ratified withdrawal agreement or MPs have positively voted to leave the EU without a deal.

Next Thursday the 27th of June, the spending estimates for government to take it through the last six months of the year ending the 31st March 2020, come up for approval by MPs.

And Margaret Beckett and Dominic Grieve have inserted amendments against parts of that proposed spending, which says:

"…provided that the authorisation for the use of resources under this resolution does not apply to such use if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union unless (a) a withdrawal agreement has been ratified or (b) the House of Commons has, prior to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, agreed a resolution to the effect that it approves the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement."

So, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal then the money cannot be spent.

And what does this proposed spending cover?

£99 billion on education.

£97 billion on work and pensions.

£27 billion on housing, communities and local government.

£11 billion on the Department for International Development.

That's the potential of a grand total of £235,761,409,000.

Now, this will only apply to spending after the 31st of October, if the UK leaves without either a withdrawal agreement or does not have parliament's approval to leave without a deal.

So that would be five months of government spending affected. Unless the new PM handed the lot over as soon as they got into office, maybe?

So, these two Remainer MPs are prepared to put education and pensions on the line for millions of people as well as housing and communities, in their pursuit of Remaining in the EU, are they?

And the foreign aid budget would be frozen too – that'll really upset the lefties.

The one thing that does not seem to be affected by this is MPs pay and expenses – although I might be wrong there.

Now, I'll fly a kite here. How unconstitutional is it for MPs to refuse to spend money on the people of this country that has already been decided by statute and other law should be paid out?

Surely the only lawful reason for MPs to vote to not pay that money out, would be if the payments themselves were unlawful. To go through this scandalous exercise is unforgivable and unconstitutional as far as I'm concerned!

But it really is only a token gesture by Beckett and Grieve.

Because, if I were the PM faced with this, I would leave on no deal on Thursday the 31st of October, then on Friday the 1st of November or Monday the 4th, table legislation to spend the money and only an idiot MP would vote against it at that stage.

Sources:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmagenda/OP190627.pdf

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