Saturday, October 19, 2019
Meanwhile, Across the Pond
Another bad day for Boris Johnson. He presented his "deal" with the EU to the Commons only to see it derailed. A last minute amendment allowed by outgoing Speaker John Bercow blocked today's vote. The amendment passed 322 to 306.
It seems Parliament expected the blockage would send Boris back to Brussels to seek another extension. Boris doubled down declaring that he would not negotiate another delay with the EU. He's playing "my way or the highway" in a very high-stakes game of constitutional chicken.
I wonder what Theresa May is thinking? She had a deal, better in some ways than her successor's, and it was voted down again and again. Boris and company sent May packing, promising to negotiate a better deal with the Euros. It didn't work out that way. The Europeans held firm on Ireland and offered, instead, a customs border, an aquatic border running down the Irish Sea.
So, if Boris won't go back, cap in hand, to ask for another extension and his nerve holds for the next 11 or 12 days, the default option is "hard Brexit."
Things are getting tense. They're calling out the cops. Shadow home secretary, Dianne Abbott, got a police escort home. House leader, Jacob Rees-Mog, and his 12-year old son, left Westminster with a police escort as a mob shouted "traitor."
On Monday, Scotland's Court of Session, will resume hearing an application for an injunction to order Johnson to apply for an extension as stipulated under the Benn Act. Bercow says he'll sign the extension request letter if Johnson ignores the Scottish court.
I think what they need now is another Gunpowder Plot. This time, one that works.