The EU’s point-by-point rejection of the federal government’s proposals for the Northern Eire border is not any shock (Day the deal was doomed, 9 October). Nobody can settle for an answer that gave Northern Eire’s politicians a veto on border preparations. Extra shocking is the failure of the insurgent alliance of MPs to agree a means ahead.
Certainly parts of the 1940 answer make sense with Jeremy Corbyn within the Clement Attlee position as deputy prime minister and a determine like Ken Clarke as prime minister for a hard and fast time period to type out Brexit. Attlee was chief of the opposition, albeit within the face of a large Tory majority, however this place labored for him in 1945.
• In Wednesday’s Morning Briefing you counsel that Boris Johnson will “set off” a basic election. Maybe this needs to be “try and set off” and even “beg the opposition for an election” as we do have the Mounted-term Parliaments Act.
I counsel the opposite events go away Johnson to stew by having an opposition of nationwide unity, abstaining within the vote on the Queen’s speech (which little doubt could have some provocative proposals) and thus successfully giving the opposition management over a decidedly minority authorities’s agenda.
The opposition events will then have the ability to set off an election at a time of their selecting – for instance, through the chaos of a Tory arduous Brexit.
• The crucial provision of the Benn Act is that the prime minister should comply by sending a letter requesting an extension “no later than 19 October 2019”.
The crucial applies solely to the prime minister. Had been Mr Johnson to resign as PM at noon on 19 October and inform the Queen that he nonetheless commanded the boldness of the Commons however was unwilling to stay as PM because the deadline stipulated by the Benn Act occurred, however that he could be prepared to be recommissioned the next day, the Benn Act wouldn’t apply to him when he was recommissioned because the deadline would have handed.
Nor would he have contravened the act earlier than his resignation, because the deadline had not but then arrived.
In fact the political price is one other matter. However even Lord Sumption wouldn’t contend that the act precludes, or might preclude, a PM unwilling to adjust to it from resigning.
Charles Sweeney QC
• So Arlene Foster thinks that “the actual goal of Dublin and the European Union” is to lure Northern Eire in a customs union (Report, eight October). Isn’t that what the individuals of Northern Eire voted for?
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