My husband has stopped watching Question Time as he claims it is not doing his blood pressure any good – I think he has a point. I don’t think it matters what side of the Brexit argument you might be on, the current political crisis goes way beyond how anyone voted in 2016, and I think most ordinary people have lost all faith in Parliament.
Apparently there was a poll published in one of today’s papers that said 85% of leave voters had no trust in MPs. I am surprised that 15% still have some faith in MPs!
One glimmer of hope came this week from our own MP Andrew Selous, who made a blistering speech to Parliament on Monday night. I think he just about summed up how we are all feeling at the moment – if you didn’t see it, watch it here.
It is often said that we are entering uncharted waters … never has this been more true. Last week, we had the Scottish Court of Session rule that the PM acted unlawfully in the advice he gave to HM The Queen over the prorogation of Parliament. But a UK Court has ruled it was not for the Courts to decide and it is a political matter. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will make its ruling.
One thing is for sure – if they rule the prorogation was legal, then the ‘remain alliance’ will not accept the outcome, and if they rule the other way, I cannot see the Government taking it in good grace!
Indeed, we seem to have a situation which has put Parliament, the Government, the Courts and the people all on a collision course. Even the Queen is being dragged into this unholy mess.
It may be that this ‘People vs Parliament’ scenario has been deliberately engineered by the PM – whether that is the case or not, I think it was going to happen on its own sooner or later. We have a Parliament that is packed with MPs that think they know best, and are quite willing to ignore the result of the 2016 referendum.
Over the next few weeks we have ‘conference season’ – the Lib Dems are already meeting in Bournemouth, and have now pledged to revoke Article 50 without even offering a second referendum. At least this overcomes the hypocrisy of their leader who at one time was advocating a referendum, but at the same time said she would only respect the outcome if it was to remain.
Labour are next up. There are many theories going around as to what might happen – one thing I think we can all be sure of is that we will be no clearer as to their position on Brexit in a week’s time than we are now. Do they respect the result of the referendum? Would they deliver Brexit? Would they offer a second referendum? Who knows?
However, the more interesting aspect of the Labour conference is the continuing influence of the hard left – backed by Momentum. It is widely expected that we will see the conference adopting more extreme socialist policies, and a furthering of the witch-hunt to deselect moderate Labour MPs.
And then bringing up the rear will be the Conservative Conference. I think for once we know what the leadership of the Tory Party want from Brexit, but what is in doubt is their ability to deliver on it. And how far the PM is prepared to go in order to honour his October the 31st ‘do or die’ pledge we will have to wait and see.
I hope that he has a plan up his sleeve, because right now I really can’t see how this is going to happen. Is he going to defy Parliament and refuse to ask for a Brexit extension, is he going to try to find a loophole – it has been suggested he might send two letters, with the second cancelling the first, or is he going to magically come up with a deal that can find the support of the majority of Parliament.
Given what has happened over the past week, with over 20 MPs losing the Tory whip, and several defections to the Lib Dems, I cannot see how this can happen.
Right now, the only thing that can possibly solve this mess is a General Election – but ironically this option is being blocked by Parliament, led by Jeremy Corbyn. It is laughable that the Leader of the Opposition, who has been asking for a General Election just about every day for the past 2 years, has voted to block one.
No post about Brexit and the UK Parliament would be complete without a mention of the Speaker, John Bercow. That’s it, I have mentioned him. If I were to say anymore I would probably get blocked by profanity filters across the web.
For those watching the new BBC thriller ‘Capture’ – with its twists and turns and to some extent unbelievable premise – it seems perfectly plausible in the current world in which we live. Who needs fiction when we have Brexit?