Just before 9pm this evening, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won an emergency debate on the Tory government’s cowardice and contempt for Parliament, parliamentary procedure and our democracy.
In a ‘you couldn’t make it up’ moment, the government did not even have the guts to try to oppose the debate on Theresa May’s abject flight from accountability when she unilaterally cancelled a vote on her dire Brexit withdrawal ‘deal’ without even proposing an alternative schedule for the remainder of the debate and vote on the agreement.
Nonetheless, Speaker John Bercow, clearly frustrated at the government’s lack of respect for Parliament, invited MPs to stand if they wished to support the motion – and noted approvingly that that support was overwhelming. Even hardline Tories like Peter Bone supported it:
A subtitled version of the video will be uploaded as soon as possible.
Corbyn is right that May’s incompetence must not be allowed to be used as an excuse for the UK to be threatened with a no-deal exit.
As he correctly observed, by cancelling a vote that would have clearly demonstrated that May cannot command a majority even on the most urgent and important business of the House without even the courtesy of a new schedule, May is also essentially stealing weeks or longer in office to which she has no constitutional right.
That her government could not even muster an attempt to resist his bid for a debate shows not only her desperate weakness but also that she knew she stood no chance of persuading anyone that she is not doing so.
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