'By voting for the Letwin wrecking amendment, Parliament is trying to force yet another Brexit delay. If politicians weren’t already unpopular enough, they’ll be even more so after today’s debacle.
There is substantial public support for Boris Johnson’s deal, for leaving on October 31. A YouGov poll found that, by 41 to 24 percent, Britain wanted Parliament to pass the deal and leave the European Union. That might well have played on the minds of Remain-supporting MPs in strongly Leave constituencies. If the deal had been put to a genuine vote, it might well have passed. The atmosphere was tense.
At first, it had seemed that the mood of Parliament was different today. Parliament had not sat on a Saturday for 37 years, since the Falklands War. Amongst the bluff and bluster, the grandstanding and soundbites, something had changed. The numbers were tight. MPs were listening, trying to persuade each other in their speeches.
Then, Oliver Letwin’s wrecking amendment passed, in an attempt to force an indefinite delay to the deal. The masks slipped, the nastiness was back, and we were back to the usual circus. Conservative MPs walked out of the chamber in disgust, refusing to take part in the sham. As the Government announced, we’ll be back to the same debate on Monday. We keep going round in circles, but nothing is ever delivered. Ever-more-arcane Parliamentary procedures are being used.
Parliament had an opportunity today to bring much of the nation back together, but it declined to do so. It pitted itself against the people: poll after poll has shown that people want Brexit to be done. For all the Remainers talking about a hypothetical second referendum that couldn’t take place until the summer of next year, the reality is that when people are asked about what should happen now, they say we should get on with it. Polling about practical questions matter more than the hypothetical ones.'
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