Arch Remainers plotting again (apologies to giraffes everywhere)
In just over two weeks we’ll know the winner of the BoJo-Hunt race – not that most of us haven’t an inkling already that it’ll be MrJohnson PM. Moreover, in two-and-a-half weeks, on July 24th to be precise, Parliament will go into their summer recess. What’ll we do without that parade of peacocks …!
But – the Tory Remainers were at it again. I can’t decide if they’re like dogs who cannot stop chewing the same, dilapidated toy or if they’re like deluded diggers in a cave who insist on trying to dig their way out through a massive wall of granite using their fingernails while the light of the exit is shining brightly at their backs.
If you ask ‘are they for real’, I have to say, yes, sadly they are. Their latest attempt is going to take place this week. Today a government amendment relating to Northern Ireland will be presented and the Remain ‘rebels; will untilise it (here and here, and paywalled here and here). In a nutshell, this is what they plan:
“Today, some Remain-supporting MPs are expected to launch a new attempt to prevent a potential no-deal during a debate on Northern Irish power-sharing talks. The move, led by Dominic Grieve, the former attorney-general, could involve an amendment to legislation that would require a statement to be made to the Commons in October. This use of parliamentary procedure would in effect stop any government attempt to prorogue, or suspend, parliament as it would be legally required to be sitting. Mr Grieve told Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live that a no-deal Brexit would be the “end of Northern Ireland’s union with the United Kingdom” and that the bill was a “perfectly legitimate place to start looking at how one might make sure no-deal Brexits are fully debated before they take place”. (link, paywalled)
Just as in the amendment to take No Deal off the table, their aim is to bind the PM so that Brexit cannot be achieved. Mr Grieve told the BBC:
“We’re going to have, in the course of the next 24 hours, an important bill on Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland and Brexit go rather closely together. The chances are, if Brexit goes through – a no-deal Brexit – it is going to be the end of Northern Ireland’s union with the United Kingdom, with serious political consequences flowing from it. That’s a bill that is a perfectly legitimate place to start looking at how one might make sure no-deal Brexits are fully debated before they take place.” (link)
Mr Gauke, the Justice minister, said:
“Given where the parliamentary majority is and the strength of feeling on a no deal Brexit, I think there probably will be a parliamentary way in which this can be stopped.”There is an element of uncertainty about it but I think the likelihood is that parliament will find a mechanism somehow.” (link)
Isn’t it cute how Grieve and his allies are finding ever more new items to worry about, driving them to stop Brexit while a real, Remain economic disaster is on the horizon (see below) – a disaster they don’t talk about.
These hard-core Tory Remain “rebels” don’t know if this’ll work but they will do their very best to make it so. After all, 30 “rebels” plus the Remainer on the opposite benches have the right to tell us peasants that we were wrong. Mr Gyimah (he was Universities minister) is very coy:
“[He] said “I wouldn’t want to announce them [the ‘measures’] before they have been tested as being viable, […] Mr Gyimah said the group of MPs “will be looking to stop a [new] prime minister from proroguing Parliament in order to deliver no deal. But also create options for the new prime minister so that no deal is not the only option we face on October 31.” (paywalled link)
How sweetly helpful they are! While Mr Gyimah said he’d not vote against the government in a No Confidence Vote, there are some Tories who would. Mr Grieve has made no bones about it. Of course, Labour MPs – or some of them – are happy to give a helping hand, the internecine warfare inside their Party notwithstanding:
“Barry Gardiner, Labour’s shadow international trade secretary, told Sky News that his party was having conversations with Tory MPs over a vote. He said that Labour would try to bring down the government when it thought it had maximum chance of success but would not commit to when this might be as he could not “read the minds of those Conservative MPs who have said they are prepared to do this”. (link, paywalled)
I assume Mr Gardiner is cognisant of the YouGov poll which saw Labour slump to 18% of the vote – not a good starting point for a GE, but is blaming the ‘undecided’ Tories anyway.
All these pronouncements were made in the various Sunday Morning TV talkshows, One ‘Project Fear’ item is the fate of the Union, where the Tory “rebels” are suddenly very much concerned about Northern Ireland. The other is, of course, “The economy, stupid”.
It is therefore interesting that they did not address one item which the MSM economic editors must have known about and would have asked MPs about. It’s the Deutsche Bank’s ‘restructuring’ which is going to lead to huge job losses in the City: the announcement by the Deutsche Bank to cut 18,000 jobs in this restructuring which is necessary to keep the Bank from going under, see (paywalled) here and here:
“Deutsche will also shut down its equities division, the majority of which is housed in the City of London and New York and will constitute the bulk of the announced job cuts.” (paywalled link)
Nothing to do with Brexit, then, so the Tory “rebels” cannot use it to clobber Leavers with. But here’s an economic warning which somehow doesn’t figure in the Remain ‘Project Fear’ scenarios: “Britain could be slapped with a £190bn bill from Brussels in the event of a eurozone cash crisis unless it leaves the European Union in a managed clean Brexit, leading City and business figures have warned.” (link) According to that report, the former Liffe boss Daniel Hodson said that:
“Britain is obligated to a contribution of around £186bn to any bail-out should the eurozone tip into economic crisis. And he warned this was is an “increasingly likely scenario” given the current state [of] the eurozone. He said: “These liabilities have not been discussed deeply enough in the Brexit debate. To avoid the scenario in which the UK would have to rescue EU banks despite not being a member of the eurozone, the UK needs to leave the EU and cut its contractual ties as soon as possible.” (link)
That is the economic disaster we’ll be faced with should we Remain. That is what the Remain “rebels” are not aware of, being mostly lawyers, but what Mr Hammond and the Treasury surely must be! That is the dirty secret the top Remainers wish we wouldn’t mention.
Finally, here’s another economic item which we have mentioned already. It’s the reaction of Switzerland to EU bullying. This report isn’t paywalled, so you can read it in full. Here’s a relevant quote:
He [Luca Cirigliano] said: “The Commission is being very ideological. They don’t seem to understand the peculiarities of the Swiss direct democracy.Threats and illegal sanctions will only have one result: voters will become more and more EU-sceptical and the worst scenario could be a “Swissexit” next year, when we will vote on abolishing the bilateral agreements with the EU.” (link)
Do read the whole thing – and ask your Remain MPs and colleagues why, if Switzerland can recognise EU bullying, if they can stand up to the EU, we cannot! Ask them why they screech about the imaginary economic disaster of Brexit while being blind to the far worse one threatening us should we Remain.
Don’t ask me why the ‘Project Fear’ ideologues keep trying – I’d have to offer some very uncomplimentary descriptions of their characters which might be defamatory and deemed to be libellous.
At the start of a new week, with the finishing line in sight, it’s obvious that the Remainers in Parliament will leave no stone unturned to thwart Brexit, even if our country will surely face an economic abyss should we Remain. So – keep vigilant, as always, and