Attorney General spoils Johnson’s big announcement
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox appears to have spoiled Boris Johnson’s plan to spring a surprise general election motion later today – by revealing it in the House of Commons early.
Cox told MPs that the government will ‘shortly’ table a new motion to fix a date for the general election – probably 29 October – that will require a majority in the Commons of just one.
Cox earlier ranted and blustered at Opposition MPs in an attempt to divert attention from the government’s lack of contrition for its unlawful behaviour in deceptively proroguing Parliament – and from the Tories’ excuse that Johnson’s behaviour only became unlawful because the Supreme Court made a new law this week, which is of course not what the Law Lords said.
Cox’s nonsense – clearly a Cummings-driven stunt to fuel anger against Parliament among Brexiteers – provoked a furious response from Labour MP Barry Sheerman:
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