If you’ve signed the recent petition on leaving the EU Now, you’ll have found the reply of the Petitions Team in your email inbox. It was sent out very early this morning, and the context is the vote in the HoC yesterday (see here).

Here is the text of the email, for reference:

“The Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system) met today and agreed to schedule a debate on Monday 14 January 2019 on the following group of petitions expressing different views on leaving the European Union:

Leave the EU without a deal in March 2019. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/229963

Leave the EU now https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/221747

Walk away now! We voted for a No Deal Brexit https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/235185

Grant a People’s Vote if Parliament rejects the EU Withdrawal Agreement https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232984

To have a second referendum on Britain leaving the EU https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/231461

STOP BREXIT https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/226509

Stop Brexit if parliament rejects the deal https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236261

The Committee has decided to have a single debate on these petitions because it wanted to ensure they were debated as soon as possible, so they would be less likely to be overtaken by events. The Committee has included some smaller petitions because they are very similar to those with 100,000 signatures.

The debate will start at 4.30pm. You can watch it at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons. A transcript will be published the following day at https://hansard.parliament.uk”

I have bolded the relevant part, to show why this reply is unprecedented.

Firstly, note the day on which the debate will take place: Monday 14th January, one day before the “meaningful” vote. Secondly, note the ‘helpful’ reason given for the debate taking place on that date. Thirdly, note the ‘fair’ way of bundling petitions, three for, four against Brexit …

Numbering the petitions from the top, here are some details:

Petition 1: 313,716 signatures

Petition 2: 66,971 signatures

Petition 3: 2,175 signatures

Petition 4: 127,782 signatures

Petition 5: 1,781 signatures

Petition 6: 107,442 signatures

Petition 7: 23,444 signatures

This gives a grand total for Leave signatures of 382,802 and Remain signatures of 260,449 signatures at the time of writing. The numbers will change because only one petition is closed, the others are still live and people can still sign and are signing.

I ask – are they having a laugh? Just look at the demands of the Remain petitions! Isn’t it interesting that two of those petitions demand to stop Brexit and two demand a 2nd referendum or “People’s Vote”, to be debated just one day before the Remain Parliament votes on Ms May’s ‘Deal’?

The defeat of the Government by “Tory Rebels” – that’s the Remainers – yesterday in the HoC shows how the wind is blowing (see e.g. here): if Ms May’s deal is defeated, there will be either a vote for a 2nd Referendum or Ms May will ask for an extension to Article 50.

That is defeating our clear vote for OUT by parliamentary shenanigans, aided and abetted by all the Remainers. While I don’t have a crystal ball I can predict that our dear MPs debating all those petitions will come up with the recommendation to have a 2nd Referendum should the HoC reject the WA. “it’s what the people want, innit”, they will say …

You can find the members of the Petitions Committee listed here, where you will also find information on how the Committee works. Quoting from that site:

“Debates scheduled by the Petitions Committee

If your petition is debated, it means that MPs can discuss your petition, ask questions about the Government’s position on the issue, or press the Government to take action. A Government Minister takes part in the debate and answers the points raised.”

This means that MPs can attend the debate and that the Government, represented by a Minister, will have to reply. So what can you do in the days up to this debate?

Write to your constituency MP!

Make yourself heard – again. This is especially important now, not just because of this Debate in the Petitions Committee but because of the HoC vote the next day: they work for us and we want OUT.

The number of signatures show clearly that there is no majority for a 2nd referendum or a People’s Vote, not even when the Petitions are so helpfully bundled by the Petitions Committee. And for good measure also follow this suggestion: write to the constituency chair of the Party your MP represents and tell them that the MP will lose your vote should they vote against the clear will of you as expressed in the Referendum on June 23rd 2016.




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