Time to make this Par­lia­ment his­tory

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

HE got his Brexit deal. He got an un­likely ma­jor­ity for it in the Re­main-dom­i­nated Com­mons. Now, it seems, Boris John­son is about to get his Gen­eral Elec­tion.

True, it’s not ex­actly on his terms. As­sum­ing all goes to plan to­day, the Lib­eral Democrats and SNP will sup­port a short Bill clear­ing the way for a De­cem­ber poll.

As pay­back f or this Christ­mas gift how­ever, they will in­sist he shelves his With­drawal Agree­ment Bill. Cru­cially, this means he will go to the coun­try hav­ing failed in his prom­ise to de­liver Brexit by Oc­to­ber 31. But it’s a gam­ble he has to take. Right now the PM is in a strong po­si­tion, polling at least ten points ahead of Labour – fully 16 points in one re­cent sur­vey. Al­low­ing this mori­bund Par­lia­ment to limp along in­def­i­nitely could weaken him im­mea­sur­ably.

There are se­ri­ous risks. The polls are volatile and the Lib Dems are resur­gent – mak­ing them a real threat i n Tory marginals. But Mr John­son’s trump card may be Jeremy Cor­byn. His ini­tial elec­toral lus­tre has long since tar­nished, and his Brexit pol­icy is ut­terly in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.

By con­trast, Boris is a proven vote-win­ner and, de­spite be­ing pre­pos­ter­ously painted as an ex­treme Right- winger by his op­po­nents, he is the very model of a OneNa­tion Tory. His first pri­or­ity is to heal the di­vi­sions Brexit has cre­ated in his own party. He needs ev­ery vote he can get – from Re­main­ers as well as Brex­i­teers. But he has the charm to woo them. And he has a unique prospec­tus.

He alone of­fers a tai­lor-made with­drawal deal, ap­proved by both Brus­sels and the Com­mons. He alone can fi­nally get Bri­tain on the move again.

The choice for vot­ers is clear. Bring this wretched fi­asco to a con­clu­sion – or con­sign the na­tion to the Brexit tor­ture cham­ber for many years to come.

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