Endless talk implies it’s a no-no for BoJo
THe United Kingdom’s Parliament was locked in angry debate last night over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.
The PM managed to make a last-minute deal with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday by creating an effective customs border in the Irish Sea.
Mr Johnson opened the debate by claiming his deal can “heal the country” — but the comments from MPs from all four countries of the UK indicated there were still deep wounds.
MPs from Scotland, Wales and particularly Northern Ireland — where the Democratic Unionist Party was previously a vital part of the Conservative government — made it very clear they were against Mr Johnson’s deal.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the deal would wreck the environment, trash manufacturing industry and see the UK swamped by “chlorinated chicken” from Donald Trump’s USA.
While the debate droned on, with seemingly every one of the more than 600 MPs wanting to have their say, an ominous amendment hung over every word.
Former Tory turned independent Sir Oliver Letwin has proposed a clever amendment that was also up for debate.
This would allow parliament to withhold approval of any deal until the full legislation to implement Brexit has passed through both houses of parliament.
This would effectively mean a massive delay to any Brexit and would render any vote last night meaningless.
Before the debate began, Conservatives were warning if the amendment was passed, debate would be shut off and everyone sent home.
Even The Sun, a ferocious supporter of Mr Johnson and his deal, was gloomingly predicting on its Brexit blog that the Letwin amendment would be passed.
However, a further delay would give Mr Johnson further impetus to call for a general election to break the parliamentary deadlock.
European leaders, while not wanting to offer a further extension, are likely to agree if it is for an election or to hold another referendum on Brexit.
While the politicians talked endlessly, tens of thousands of protesters marched through London.
Many were there to demand a second referendum but thousands also turned up to call for the Brexit deal to be passed.
Amid all the confusion there was one bright spot — Australia could be a big winner in a Brexit deal, opening the door to a blockbuster new free trade agreement that would benefit farmers.
Boris Johnson pleads with a packed parliament to pass his deal and pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit supporters massed outside.