Oh God Brexit! Yesterday we saw a number of Tory MPs including Bill Cash and Jacob Rees Mogg demand that the Speaker allow the Withdrawal Agreement vote to be brought back to Parliament. The Speaker refused this on the grounds that it had already been discussed and without changes that can’t happen twice in one sitting. Much scowling and sulking ensued and criticism from the Tory Benches. The same Tory Benches, the same Rees Mogg and Bill Cash who feted the Speaker as a hero and defender of Parliament when he refused to bring back Mays Withdrawal agreement for the same reason which The speaker was keen and quick to point out.
So, today we see the Withdrawal Agreement Bill brought to Parliament. As a result of Saturday’s Letwin Amendment this has to be passed before the Withdrawal agreement is voted upon. So the plan is that they will shove it through in three days. Just like the Benn Act raved through so will this Bill.
Except the Benn act was a single issue act and this – this Brexit Bill – is a whale sized pile of legislation – which affects many other laws and regulations. It’s 115 pages long and has 125 pages of notes.
Already we have seen Steve Barclay the Brexit Secretary struggle over the details around exports from NI to the UK. And I’m sympathetic to that – cramming stuff and lack of sleep makes me struggle too. Being forced to acknowledge things also can be stressful and exhausting.
There are also clauses in this Bill which it is said will lead directly to a No Deal Brexit. I don’t know, I haven’t read it. But goodness me, it’s like watching a toddler playing hide and seek – head in a curtain thinking that because they can’t see you – you can’t see them. Coming ready or not!
There are amendments being put forward – customs union, second referendum stuff. And it’s quite clear that regardless of three years or going over and over and over this stuff, weasel words, promises made and broken, political affiliations changed and the millions and millions of words spoken and written about this we are no nearer resolving this issue.
Meanwhile in Scotland Parliament is in recess but the FM has requested that it be recalled to debate this Bill and the situation that Scotland is in as a result.
The FM has along with the FM of Wales, written to the EU to ask them to grant the extension the PM requested so that both devolved Governments can carry out proper scrutiny of the Bill, as once again, devolved parliaments are being ignored.
What a mess. What will happen over the next three days is anyone’s guess. What will NOT happen is pretty clear. The deal that Northern Ireland are being offered will not be offered to Scotland. The Scottish Tory MPs will not vote for what’s best for Scotland and their constituents. Scotland will not have their democratic vote to remain considered or even acknowledged by the WM Government.
Without independence Scotland will just be a bit player shoved out of the game by cheats and liars. It was ever this way and it will be this way again unless we change it.