The battle for Article 50 

After Theresa May’s disastrous handling of the Brexit process, the debate now moves to the House of Commons where MPs will get a chance to have their say on how we leave the EU. It’s well-known that most MPs support remaining in the EU so this could be a difficult time for pro-Brexit supporters. 
However, Jeremy Corbyn has imposed a three-line whip on his MPs to vote for Article 50 but has faced a rebellion in his party. Those in remain-voting constituencies want to stand by their constituents. Quite right too. MPs should vote how their constituencies voted. That is true representation. 

However, MPs from leave-voting constituencies want to vote according to their beliefs and claim they are exercising their ‘judgement’ that Britain is better off staying in the EU. 

MPs can’t have it both ways. Either they vote along the same lines as their constituencies, or they follow their party. Take Owen Smith for example. His constituency voted leave. His party says he has to back Article 50. But he’s voting against it. What a self-serving scumbag.

Many of these MPs have no interests other than their own. Disgraceful.  

Government wins Article 50 vote 461-89

The Commons has voted to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017 with a majority of 373. 

Good, but does this mean that’s the end of the battle? No. What it means is that there’s still the battle for staying in the single market and customs union, and a complete break. 

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit minister, has said he wants to stay in the single market and customs union. He wants to remain as close to the EU as possible. 

What this idiot doesn’t understand is that by remaining in both, Britain will still have to accept the four freedoms, will still have to pay into the EU budget, will not be allowed to create its own trade deals, and accept all EU law. What kind of Brexit is that? 

We voted to leave the EU. This includes the single market. This was made clear by the then Prime Minister and Chancellor. Everyone knew the consequences of an out vote. All except the likes of Starmer and his little gang of remainiacs. He says that there is no consensus for leaving the single market. How does he know? Did he ask the 17.4m people who voted for Brexit?

Still, that’s one small hurdle overcome. There’s many more battles to come. 

Parliament discusses triggering Article 50 

Our political masters are debating the triggering of Article 50 tonight and every man and his dog wants a say in how this is achieved. 

The SNP wants a major say in whether we stay or go. The Labour party is laying down five demands that have to be met. The Lib Dems are demanding a second referendum on the deal negotiated with the EU with an option of remaining in.

This is on top of the case being heard at the Supreme Court. 

The whole thing has become a farce. Who’s to blame? Theresa May. 

She got the job on the back of David Cameron’s resignation, after it was expecting he would give notice to Brussels. Instead, May has dithered while the anti-Brexit forces gathered. Now she’s faced with a court case and parliamentary demands. 

There would have been no need for any of this if she’d triggered Article 50 as soon as she got the top job. But no, not her. She waited and waited, and now she’s forced to make concession after concession. 

I didn’t want her to become PM. She did a terrible job as home secretary, and does not deserve the top job. We’ve now got all this mess in the Supreme Court and the Commons. It’s all her fault. 

As Cromwell would say, 

You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately… Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

Seems apt at the moment. 

Scotland sends too many MPs to Westminster 

Scotland is approximately 8% of the population of the United Kingdom. Westminster has around 650 MPs. Of those, Scotland has 59 of them. Based on population size, Scotland should only be allocated 52 seats. 

However, that is not accounting for devolution.

Scotland is at least 50% self-governing. It should therefore have its Westminster allocation cut accordingly. It’s now time to settle this issue and cut Scottish seats from 59 to a maximum of 26. 

MPs cut tax credits

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MPs have today voted to cut tax credits which will have a huge impact on millions of people in Britain.

When was the last time these buggers voted to cut their salaries and expenses?

I can’t remember either…

MPs get 10% pay rise

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Our glorious leaders have just been given a 10% pay rise by the parliamentary watchdog IPSA.

This raises a few questions. Firstly, everyone has been told to tighten their belts because of deficit reduction. Why wasn’t there a pay freeze? Secondly, it can’t be for increased productivity because they don’t seem to do a lot. Thirdly, it can’t be because of results, because collectively they’ve managed to increase the national debt to £1.5tn.

Anyone else know why?

Labour saves Cameron’s skin

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A vote took place in the Commons today governing the rules on Whitehall activity 28 days before the EU referendum, and with David Cameron facing a Tory rebellion on the matter, who should come riding to his rescue, the Labour party.

The issue was about scrapping “purdah”, the traditional period where Whitehall is supposed to remain neutral in the last 28 days prior to an election or referendum.

There was a total of 97 MPs who voted against the government, including 27 Tories, a few Labour, SNP, the UKIP member, and some DUP.

But the real shock was the abstention of Labour. Alex Salmond of the SNP said:

“Labour have yet again chosen to abstain on a key vote – they need to find a backbone and become an effective opposition in parliament,”

He’s right. In such a crucial issue, Labour chose to opt out, and allowed Cameron to win the vote in what could have been a major defeat. What’s the point of being in opposition if you’re not going to oppose? Even if Labour agreed with the Tories they should have voted with them. Instead, leaderless and weak, Labour showed no stomach for a fight.

So there we have it. The Whitehall machinery will be allowed to pump out pro-EU propaganda on behalf of Cameron right up to polling day.

Miliband junior’s story

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Former Labour leader Ed Miliband turned up in the Commons today and related this story from his son:

‘Dad, if there is a fire in our house I think we’ll be OK.’ I said: ‘Why’s that, Daniel?’ And he said: ‘If we ring the fire brigade, they’ll recognise your name because you used to be famous.’

Seems Ed’s lad understands irony.