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I am assuming the Commons will have voted to instruct the government to do something May can't or won't do, so already there will be a Commons majority against May by hypothesis...

The question is not the DUP but whether Tory rebel backbenchers would vote a resolution against the Tory government's wishes, and then vote for May in a confidence motion.

Human preferences are not transitive, as we know, so anything is possible, but...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 13th, 2019 at 01:22:45 PM EST
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One view is that this mess may significantly change the UK system of government.

"...a group of MPs, including former Tory ministers, are reported by the Sunday Times to be working on a way to allow non-government members to take control of the timetable and bring forward legislation making it illegal to leave the EU without a deal, if Mrs May loses Tuesday's vote.
Downing Street has said it is "extremely concerned" about the reported plot, which it says could potentially overturn centuries of Parliamentary precedent.

Currently, the government has precedence in the House of Commons. It controls how and when business, including legislation, is organised.

If MPs can get an amendment to change how and when Commons business is arranged passed by a majority, backbench business could then take precedence over government business.

This could represent a threat not just to Brexit legislation but to the government's ability to govern, says Downing Street.
It would mean that without control over time in the Commons, the government has no control over parliamentary business, so cannot get through policies and legislation easily."

by asdf on Sun Jan 13th, 2019 at 03:17:15 PM EST
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Yes, the Tories want to have their cake and eat it. Defeat May's very raison d'être, but keep her on as PM while forcing her to implement ... Something else, but they're not sure what.

Parliamentary precedent doesn't allow it, but as we saw last Week, parliamentary precedent evolves...

A multi-party parliamentary democracy? How very... European.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 04:52:47 PM EST
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