Parliament, Brexit, and The Will of The People

I have no doubt that everyone will be aware of recent events in British politics that have resulted in the temporary closure of the Parliament, a process known as ‘Proroguing’.

This is not something you hear about every day, though it has happened before. Here is a definition.

What does proroguing parliament mean?

The act of proroguing parliament brings to an end the current parliamentary “session”. This leads to a short break before a new session begins.

Parliament runs in “sessions” that generally last for around one year, although the length can vary.

A session opens with a “Queen’s speech” where the government sets out the laws it wants to pass over the coming session. Parliament must then approve the speech by voting in favour of it. Parliamentary business which hasn’t been completed by the end of a session is normally brought to an end (meaning it can’t be picked up at the start of the next session).

If that doesn’t mean much to you, then join the club.

In plain speech, the current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, along with his Right-wing rich boy cronies, was unable to get agreement for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit on the 31st of October. Parliament was blocking him, and his majority is too slim to ever give him hope of winning a no-deal vote. As well as his opposition, many of those in his own Conservative Party rebelled against him, with the Scottish politicians even going to their High Court to have the suspension of parliament declared illegal.

Ironically, many of those opposing the no-deal departure from the EU represent constituencies that voted heavily in favour of Leave. But they think they know better of course. After all, the voters are mere dull-witted ‘plebs’, giving them a well-paid job with lavish expenses that will last at least until the next election.

So Boris took the rather drastic option of closing down Parliament, preventing those trying to stop a no-deal option getting through. It is likely that when it reconvenes, there will not be enough time to debate any issues further, and we may well leave on the 31st with no arrangements with the EU.

But everyone forgets that this is what the majority voted for, in 2016. Much is said now about people not wanting no deal, and not being sensible enough to realise what they were voting for. Even more is said about the fact that 48% of the voters opted to remain. But we live under a political system where the majority vote in a referendum is the winning vote. Even if that was one vote, let alone 1,269,501.

I cannot stand Boris Johnson and his sickening hangers-on. I hold no brief for the Scottish Nationalists that want to stay in the EU, or those in Northern Ireland that want to do the same. I am neither xenophobic, nor racist, and do not associate myself with any of the right-wing or nationalist groups in England clamouring their support for the Prime Minister.

But I did vote to leave the EU, more than three years ago. Ever since, the will of the people has been trampled on, sneered at, and attempts made to overthrow it.

It’s time to leave. Deal or not, Boris or not. Otherwise, we have to face the truth.

We do not live in a Democracy.

23 comments

  1. abbiosbiston

    I have accepted that Brexit should go ahead… even through it’s not what I personally voted for but I would prefer it to be done with some kind of sensible plan in place. It feels like a circus now and a biggest ego contest.

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  2. Heyjude

    “I think the resulting enmities will be long-lasting.” I just wish they’d get on with it OR not. Whatever, make a bloody decision! We don’t talk about politics in this house any more, not that we did much before, but the OH and I are very poles apart when it comes to the B word. He’s quite pessimistic about leaving. I just want to get on with it and deal with stuff as and when it happens. If nothing else this whole charade has shown clearly that we are two people who deal with life very differently.

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  3. Eddy Winko

    I heard an impromptu interview with a Chinese guy, stopped at a London airport about to get on a plane back to China. After explaining that he had worked in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Hong Kong, amongst other places, he was asked what he thought of the political system in China. He explained that having witnessed so called democracy in several countries, he preferred the Chinese system, at least he knew where he stood 🙂
    Considering the first past the post system that we run in the UK and indeed many other countries, it has to be argued that perhaps we are less democratic that we claim to be. Although it has to be said a referendum is probably democracy at its pinnacle.
    In saying all that, as you know I have a lot of money riding on this and whilst I respect your view I still doubt that anything will happen, we are just taking a very long route to the place we where already at to try an appease all of you who voted to leave, sorry, better luck next time 🙂

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  4. democratizemoney

    In lawmaking terms, proroguing parliament means the parliament stars fresh with nothing hanging over. so Boris wants, among other things some of which you have stated is a fresh start. He is also pulling a fast one on his backbench. It is always interesting when leaders pull fast ones, interesting in the same sense as interesting in the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Unfortunately, we and you do. Warmest regards, Theo

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    • beetleypete

      The issue has bitterly divided this country, Elizabeth. The Remain voters refuse to see the injustice of their attempts to stall the departure from the EU. They just think they know better. I think the resulting enmities will be long-lasting.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      • fragglerocking

        I’ll take issue with that Pete, being a remain voter, and talking to others too, that most of those I know, including myself are not sore losers. We may not welcome it, but are resigned to it. You can’t tar us all with the same brush, as we shouldn’t do the same to those who voted Brexit. I don’t consider all voters of Brexit to be old, colour prejudiced, empire-pining, or stupid. I don’t know better, the future is unwritten, I just believe that being part of something, however flawed, that essentially prevents Europe from becoming a series of small right wing little countries, when the rest of the world ( excepting Canada & New Zealand) is going to pot, is the better way forward. We are NOT condescending, we are concerned.

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      • beetleypete

        I will of course apologise for including you in that generalisation, FR. But in my experience so far, that is the attitude I have encountered, and particularly seen from many ‘talking heads’ on TV news and public debate shows, as well as in Twitter comment threads, and in some emails I have received.
        As I have never discussed the matter with you, I should not have included ‘everyone’. 🙂
        Regarding those right-wing countries in Europe, I think there are already quite a few of those existing as EU member states.
        Best wishes, Pete.

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    • beetleypete

      We either have a ‘majority vote system’ or not. If not, then it’s not a democratic referendum.
      If it had gone the other way and still had not happened for three years, there would be complete outrage.
      Whatever way you voted, the principle never changes.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Maggie

    I do not profess to understand Brexit, but then again I hardly understand the mess that is the U.S. government right now. The will of the people seems to have been trampled on a good deal lately.

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