Jonathan Fryer

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Archive for March 31st, 2019

Six Million and Rising!

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 31st March, 2019

Revoke Article50More than six million people have now signed the online petition to Revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit — by far the most supported official petition that the government has ever received. The petition is due to be debated in Parliament tomorrow (Monday), though the government has already declared that it will ignore its call. Prime Minister Theresa May is determined to try to push through her Withdrawal Agreement on a fourth attempt, though it is not certain that the Speaker will allow that, unless she finds some way to significantly amend the motion, and there is no guarantee that it would get passed anyway, unless a sizable body of Labour MPs swing behind it. What will happen tomorrow, however, is that the House of Commons will have another look at possible alternatives, probably choosing between three of the eight options discussed before. That could reshape the whole Brexit trajectory, but something has to happen quickly if we are to avoid crashing out with No Deal (as the most hardline Brexiteers hope) on the new B-Day of 12 April. Meanwhile, the petition is still open, so if you haven’t yet signed it and are eligible, please do so asap!


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