No delay

The referendum result must be fully implemented  on 29 March 2019 as the law states. Mrs May lost the support of 200 Conservative MPs when she proposed a delay in Brexit in Parliament last week. The EU can see from that vote she does not even  speak for her own governing party when she asks for a delay. She cannot tell us how long a delay or why!

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32 Comments

  1. agricola
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Lets hope it happens. I do not trust this coniving creature one iota. Caveat Emptor.

    • Hope
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      JR, May has the audacity to blame parliament! Do not call the men in grey suites, call the men in white jackets. She has lost the plot completely. May is an embarrassment to our nation. She defies democracy, free speech, our laws, culture an absolute horror show.

      • John Hatfield
        Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        Sounds like she is instructed by Anthony Blair.

    • graham1946
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Caveat Emptor.

      We tried that. We now have Buyers Remorse after being sold a fake prospectus by the dishonorable Tory Party who even now cling to their seats on a lie.

  2. James
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    The problem is that the government has been taxing too much and spending too much. What is needed is for the government to drastically reduce their taxing and spending. A huge and radical downsizing of public sector activities is necessary, including the shutting down of entire government departments, such as Digital Culture Media & Sport, Business, Education, International Development, and a host of other agencies and public bodies far too numerous to mention. Like HS2 and Hinckley, (which should be cancelled immediately), they are simply unnecessary.

    • Julie Dyson
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      An interesting viewpoint, but surely a little… radical for most sensible voters?

      The honest truth (though I am extremely loath to admit it) is that overall Britain is actually doing remarkably well DESPITE all the Brexit shenanigans, despite being dragged down by that failing monstrosity on the continent, and despite a significant overall global downturn. And despite this government seeming incapable of finding its own backside with both hands.

      Despite all of this, Britain surges onward and upward. Imagine what we could achieve with a “No Deal” Brexit and the likes of Sir John taking a more prominent role in a future government returned to proper focus.

  3. Denis Cooper
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Hilary Benn last Wednesday:

    http://bit.ly/2F9rwFU

    “I think the House will vote to reject a no-deal Brexit on 29 March this evening, but Ministers need to recognise, be aware of and acknowledge that this House will never vote to leave the European Union without a deal, whether at the end of March, the end of June or the end of October. We are not prepared to take that risk with our economy, our jobs and the livelihoods of the people we represent — not today and not ever.”

  4. Christine
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    What the British people want counts for nothing. We have lunatics running our country. Democracy and free speech is dead. We have become the laughing stock of the world under this Government.

    • agricola
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Parliament has forgotten that each and every member is there to serve the people. Our host knows this, however a large number of his fellow members serve themselves. For many it is a job opportunity way beyond their pay grade. Democracy is the big “D” waiting to slaughter them at the next GE.

      4 PC killed off free speech. These days Brits cannot even discuss anything slightly contentious lest it offend some self appointed interest group who prefer not to have themselves scrutinised in public. This even though there are libel laws for criminal cases. It all ends up on the internet, a free forum, and free reign is given to any form of nastiness you can imagine and worse. PC has done for free speech what prohibition did for the alcohol trade in the USA.

      It is our government that have become the laughing stock of the World. Don’t underestimate the British people.

  5. Alan Jutson
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I hope you are right John, but given the Government under Mrs May and Chancellor Hammond have made such a cock up of almost everything they have touched, will we actually be able to govern ourselves properly ?

    By now we should have had all of our exit plans for WTO rules fixed and ready to work, months if not at least a year ago, then I would have been confident, at the moment all I can see ahead is absolute chaos with Mrs May out of control and out of her depth.

    What an opportunity and celebration for the UK it could have been !

  6. Lifelogic
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Indeed and then May should then step aside, to be replaced by a real leaver who want small government, low taxes and a bonfire of red tape.

    May is the worse PM in my lifetime, despite some very stiff competition from ‘war on a lie’ Blair, ‘Cast iron abandon ship’ Cameron, John ERM Major, Ted Heath, Save the World No return Boom and Bust Brown and the rest.

    • Andrew S
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      They’re all bad ‘uns on that list – one notable British Prime Minister who of course would never be on such a list – the dear lady. Brought down by egomaniacs and spineless wets. She, along with true supporters, laid the foundations for the rebirth of our great country.

  7. George Brooks
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Here we go again, the cast iron promise of leaving on 29th March just about to be broken by the UK’s ace ‘can kicker’.

    The PM is a very devious lady who cannot be trusted under any circumstances. Everybody at the ‘coal face’ needs to be fully alert and anticipate all the moves and twists she could attempt to spring on us.

    It has gone past the point of getting her deal accepted and is now moving into the area of ” how dare you disagree with me and I will do absolutely anything to get my way”.

    Somewhat similar to Violet Elizabeth in Tom Brown’s School Days.

  8. formula57
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Whatever T. May is providing, it is not leadership.

  9. Nicholas Murphy
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    The next time May looks over her shoulder at PMQs she needs to see two hundred backbenchers getting up and leaving early for the bar. Maybe then this kowtowing disaster of a PM will get the message and RESIGN. Instead, she seems content to play Percival to Yamashita.

    • Tad Davison
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Let’s be clear. May is one of those ill-informed politicians who are unfamiliar with the phrase – ‘it is better to go one year too early, than five minutes too late.’

      She’ll only go when she’s unceremoniously booted out, but the Tory party clearly does not have the stomach to effect the changes. Yet there are so many precedents where ‘leaders’ have gone on for too long, where a crisis deepens through the incumbent’s inability to get to grips with it. This is one such occasion.

      Yet how can the Parliamentary Party not see the massive damage May is doing, especially with the local elections on the horizon? Surely, she isn’t oblivious to the feedback from canvassers on the doorstep? The ones I know are scared to death of yet another self-inflicted wipe-out.

      Tad

  10. ChasE
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    If she cannot tell us about a delay or for how long, or for what purpose? but she will have to tell M Barnier and the EU tomorrow and that is a big part of the problem – from the beginning she has not been straight with the people.

  11. Edwardm
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Jr gets it. Mrs May doesn’t get it. Time to swap roles.

  12. agricola
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Absolutely no delay. At the moment the box is jammed with an array of snake oil salesmen/women who want their way with Brexit. Mostly what they want is to abandon it. They have all lost sight of the one constant irrevertable truth which is that 17.4 million of the electorate instructed them to leave the EU. That same 17.4 million having been assured by Parliament that their decision was absolute and would be carried out.

    What we see at present is around 500 plus members of Parliament scrabbling around like rats in a barrel to thwart the process and a useless government aiding and abetting them by being congenitally dishonest and incompetent. It is now Parliament versus the people. History tells us that ultimately the people win.

  13. Jacey
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    When he was President of the United States Harry S Trueman had a sign on his desk which read ; ” The Buck Stops Here “. I am tempted to send one to the Prime Minister.

  14. Den
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Is there nothing you can do, SJ? Can the whole of the 1922 Committee plus others not make representation to Number 10 for Mrs May to allow this country to leave without an EU Agreement and without any preconceived conditions?

  15. Tony Sharp
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Sir John,
    The problem for the country is Mrs May – she does not even have the support of the RemaIers in the Cabinet.
    There will be no end to the crisis in the Conservative Party or in Parliamant unless she is evicted.
    The Conservative Party in the country will support the ERG and traditional conservatives – CCHQ has only placemen appointees and no national local party.
    There are a possible two Options:
    1) Abstain a in an opposition No Confidence Vote – the Payroll MPs will then be faced with getting rid of her – never mind what Brady and the rules say – or facing annihilation in a General Election . Somehow I believe that their salaries will win over their principles.

    2) May might try Prorogation to try a MV3 – surely you could Vote Down the Queen’s Speech and so there can be no goverenment programme.

  16. agricola
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Were I in Donald Tusks shoes and having read the PMs letter I would ask her what the purpose of her requested delay is. It appears only to regurgitate the twice voted down WA. A WA that has already been refused a third debate and vote on the grounds that it was just a replay of vote number two. Add to that the fact that the EU has confirmed that the WA will not change one iota. Does the government intend to employ a very good taxidermist to embalm their dead parrot and try to bring it back to the HoC reincarnated in a smokescreen of verbosity.

    The siren voices of fear of no deal call out from all sides of the house, mostly confirming that they knlw little or nothing about international trade. Then there is the siren chorus from the SNP, Lib Dems, and much of Labour collectively designed to ultimately keep us in the EU.

    I ask when will some informed MPs stand up and spell out in detail the collective advantages of just leaving on 29th March. The government team of can kickers have had their day.

  17. Jane
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    PM has skewered parliament with this latest Tusk press conference – no doubt in league with the EU.
    Unbelieveably forcing the Labour Party to vote for WA3!
    This is not materially different from WA2 so what’s next I wonder?

  18. a-tracy
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    So there is a delay, just long enough to get past the EU elections and not to elect any MEPs (to stop Farage in his tracks) so the UK has to stay in with no say, pay more, still not be able to reach an agreement with the current crop of MPs because it couldn’t be achieved in 2.5 years so what will an extra couple of months do – diabolical .

    This is like a coordinated manoeuvre the UK parliamentarians are participating in to the EUs control, we offered you back the power but a big majority don’t want it. All on offer is a WA that is BRINO which she promised not to do “no deal is better than a bad deal (well the WA is bad) – our PM has told lies repeatedly, she is still standing unlike Mrs Thatcher because she is working for Europe. It is truly shameful. 412 are taking the public for fools and humiliating us if they don’t want to come out we are stuck – a remain MP told me this would happen in December how did he know?

  19. George Brooks
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Sorry it was Just William not Tom

  20. Jane
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Orchestrated squeeze on to frighten MPs of the Remainer inclination.
    WTO is better than capitulation.

  21. James Brown
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    What motivates the ERG to push so far as to alienate the middle?l it does mean that they have sabotaged Brexit. The consensus in parliament can agree a soft\partial leave, which will satisfy the broad terms of the referendum. Meanwhile, all the no-deal leavers will be able rant and rave about treason and the like for the next 20 years. You’ve missed an open goal.

    Reply The so called soft Brexiteers have had 2 years 8 months to persuade Parliament of their consensus

    • James Brown
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      The red lines have prevented that. Without May, the middle will emerge. Unwhipped, unrestricted by office, there is a majority for a lose leave that satisfies Good Friday. The red lines are in there to try and keep the ERG involved.
      From tonight, the vote is now, no deal, may deal, no leave.
      labour, SNP and the rest v

  22. Robin Smith
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Why are MPs acting united against the will of the people?

    There’s little doubt now the referendum is more important to the people of the nation than any recent general election. Our members of parliament, of all party’s, are acting worried. Evidently they’re no longer required to make law.

    Robin Smith
    London Road Residents Association

  23. Jane
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Why does the PM think she can pass blame onto Parliament for her bad WA Treaty not being accepted. Does she think that will soothe the electorate? I think not, as we are not fools.

  24. Simon
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Until such time as we leave Article 50 contains the dominant law and we will leave per its terms as to the date which is variable with EU 27 unanimity. All the UK law does is make sure our domestic law matches that fact. So talk about “The law” in this way is just nonsense on stilts.

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