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OpEd | Johnson is desperate for an election. So why would his Opponents give him one?
Denis MacShane is the UK's former Minister of Europe, and a former Labour MP.

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by Cat on Sun Sep 29th, 2019 at 01:58:40 AM EST
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This is my opinion also:
Holding an election solves little. Johnson may win or as the UK's leading poll guru Sir John Curtice points out a more likely outcome is another hung parliament. Johnson and any other minority government prime minister would go to Brussels unable to put anything through the Commons.

The EU settled policy of not accepting British access to the Single Market without respect for its laws and of defending peace in Ireland would not change just because the UK held an election.

Far better would be to insist that the British people are asked again sometime during the next six months. There are so many new facts, new voters, and a new understanding of what Brexit entails. There were 52 million voting age citizens in June 2016. 17.4 million voted for Brexit. 34.6 million did not. They cannot be written out of democracy.


To properly stake The Vampire Boris Parliament must form a new government well before October 31, seek and obtain an extension, call a second referendum and campaign so that the public knows the consequences. If the second referendum is for Remain then withdraw the Article 50 Letter and hold new elections at an appropriate time.

If the second referendum is for Leave then at least it will have been an informed decision and there will be time to negotiate a forthcoming Brexit on the best terms available, even if that is May's deal. Then hold new elections. The danger still remains that careerists might scuttle a new election so as to hold on to office as long as possible.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 29th, 2019 at 03:00:11 PM EST
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