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Hold on. The "agreement" of which you speak introduces a proposition outside acts of parliament. That is negotiation among multiple individuals beside HRM's Opposition d/b/a Labour Party to form a coalition of MPs who will rely upon each other first to effect change in the government. Although controversy about Corbyn's ability to conclude such negotiation (before or after HRM BoJo's defeat) is ripe in the presses, terms of this hypothetical "confidence-and-supply" agreement between diverse MPs who demonstrated sympathy in the recess vote are otherwise unknown to the public. That is, minority parties' policy priorities other than "no-deal BREXIT" are indeterminate; such agreements "normally" come into being following majoritarian ascension to government by one party according to, oops, electoral "decision" of parliament or public.

Eurotrib has been treated to lively discourse on Fixed-terms Parliament Act (2011) procedure and HRM's opposition strategy to succeed the current government either
(i) resignation of "government" by uncertain "convention" such as the shame of a PM in order to petition for HRM appointment of PM, or commission of "caretaker" a/k/a "unity" a/k/a  confidence-and-supply government; or election:
(ii) "a motion in the form set out in subsection (1); or
(iii) "a motion in the form set out in subsection (3).

Which would Lady Hale prefer?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 27th, 2019 at 02:37:36 PM EST
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  1. Resignation by PM is not provided in the Fixed-term Parliament Act, as you know.

  2. Is that advice unlawful?

  3. Little-known Fact: Baltimore city charter also provides no democratic process --by city council or constituency-- to remove the "executive". However, the mayor --under SCRUTINY of the governor and US DOJ-- was persuaded by her lawyers to resign, and she was automatically succeeded by the city council's president. The US Constitution provides similar rules of officer succession. Does the UK "constitution"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 27th, 2019 at 02:53:21 PM EST
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What I am suggesting (politicians and their parties discussing working together to produce a desired result) is simply what is known as politics.

There is no obligation, during the life of a Parliament, to proceed to a general election in order to provide a change of government. Neither is there any prohibition of coalitions between parties.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Sep 27th, 2019 at 03:02:16 PM EST
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alrighty then. "BREXIT delay law" carries the day!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 27th, 2019 at 03:05:40 PM EST
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Boris Johnson could face confidence vote next week
abuse of an adverb, self-evidently

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 29th, 2019 at 02:38:47 AM EST
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NEW SCRIPT! Places everyone!

MPs have a democratic obligation to bring Johnson down, and bring him down now

The advice reads: "The House of Commons has more than one mechanism available to it by which it could identify an individual in whom it had confidence and communicate that view to the Queen... Those mechanisms are available, both when parliament is in session, by means of a humble address, and when it is not.

"If a majority of members of the House of Commons were to clearly identify an individual in whom the House has confidence, the Queen would invite that individual to form a new government." The process "is governed by convention [!] and those conventions will apply equally whether or not parliament has passed a no confidence vote in the government, pursuant to s. 2 FTPA."

The consequence is that MPs could have, in effect, a free hit at replacing Johnson. Or even two free hits--first, asking whether there might be a majority for Corbyn and, if not, second, whether there might be a majority for someone else. And if there has been no vote of no confidence under the FTPA then there is no risk of a general election if MPs cannot cohere around an alternative. ...

oh ho! simple majority knock at the door versus 2/3 stretch goooooooalllll
We need to reform parliamentary procedure--including that governing the suspension of parliament without its consent. We need to rethink our electoral laws which--as matters stand--meaningfully penalise only the compliant. We should revisit the FTPA. We must take up Lord Hennessy's idea of a constitutional convention [!].

An emergency government that spent six months pursuing a programme of constitutional reform at home and working to cure our Brexit-ills with a public conversation might be something around which MPs could cohere. It might take the heat out of our politics--and arrest an alarming national decline.

And there is no reason not to try. Because that which MPs have feared--a general election--they need not.

'UK twitter law'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 12:27:47 AM EST
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