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The problem is the EU is by Treaty an organisation which deals with the Governments of members states and not their Parliaments or other institutions. The House of Commons can write to the EU all they want, (and probably receive polite acknowledgements), but the EU Council can only grant an extension request received from the Government.

So the trick is for the HOC to trigger a change of government (if Boris will not comply with legal requirement to request A.50 extension) without triggering an election which many independent/rebel/small party MPs would likely lose at this stage.

Basically a second referendum has to happen (to take Brexit off the table) before the opposition can allow a general election to take place - an election they might then win because the Conservatives will have failed to "deliver Brexit" and the Leave vote will then be split between the Conservatives and the Brexit party.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 19th, 2019 at 07:55:43 AM EST
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