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How does the Fixed Term Parliament Act figure into this mess? Previously, if I understand correctly, losing such a vote as Boris lost yesterday would have been considered a vote of no confidence and would have triggered new elections. But now new elections require a vote of 2/3 of Parliament? It would seem that the old maxim should apply here: "No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy."

Can Boris's Government remain in power, going from defeat to defeat, unless 2/3 of Parliament votes for new elections? If so, it might be wise to withhold any assent for a new election until an extension has been granted. So doing would tend to undermine the credibility of the Fixed Terms Act, which was a Conservative bill.

Do I presume correctly that Corbyn could only deliver a majority of Parliament for Remain after a new election? If he could find a majority for Remain in the present Parliament why not then just withdraw the Article 50 letter and put an end to this fiasco? Failing that, would Labour likely deliver enough votes to call for a new election were Corbyn to declare that such a vote should be at the conscience of each Labour MP?

The possibilities seem endless. Unwritten constitutions!

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 04:25:14 PM EST

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