Johnson Seeks Election on Dec 12, Queens Speech Passes Unaltered
Queen's Speech Passes
SNP amendment that says “the house regrets the UK government’s intention to use the Immigration Bill to end freedom of movement within Europe”. The SNP’s amendment to the Queen’s speech was voted down by 310 votes to 64.
Labour Amendment voted down 311-293
Monday Debate on December 12 Elections
Johnson Writes Corbyn
"If this parliament is anything to go by, that delay could go on for a very long time because it looks as though our EU friends will respond to parliament’s request by having an extension, which I really don’t want at all."
"The way to get Brexit done is, I think, to be reasonable with parliament and say if they genuinely want more time to study this excellent deal, they can have it, but they have to agree to a general election on 12 December."
"“It’s time frankly that the opposition summoned up the nerve to submit themselves to the judgement of our collective boss, which is the people of the UK.”
Liberal Democrats Chime In
A second referendum has almost no chance and never did.
SNP Wants No Confidence Vote
That is pure nonsense. The trapdoor cannot be removed by the UK. Say an amendment passes requiring the next PM to not go for a WTO Brexit. The next government can easily pass new legislation allowing it.
The EU will announce its extension decision Friday. I suspect Johnson will accept or reject on Monday, most likely the former.
But If Johnson rejects, there will be three days to Brexit. And there would not be time to oust Johnson. He would refuse to resign.
If Johnson has any legal Ace in the Hole gambit that succeeds, there will be a No Deal Brexit on Thursday or Commons will reconsider the Withdrawal Agreement.
Johnson's strategy will come down to the EU's extension offer.
Conditions or a short extension window are certainly in play despite the talk otherwise.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock