KLDC10 wrote:Dutchy wrote:Makes perfect sense to me. The House of Commons doesn't want a hard Brexit and made it the law. What is wrong with it? Or is it that you don't like it's content?
Except they didn't. The bill passed is specific to the date April 12th and has been so poorly and hastily concocted that it does little more than compel the Prime Minister to make a phonecall to Brussels to ask for an extension, which she said she is going to do anyway. It might as well have been written by children.
The problem is in the process. MPs are setting a dangerous precedent by appropriating power for themselves which is rightly reserved for the Government. By ramming the Bill through the Commons in less than a day, MPs eliminated any prospect of proper scrutiny being applied by MPs and Committees. The Lords are correct not to resist this haste when it comes to matters of Constitutional Import. The passage of a properly scrutinised Bill should take weeks/months, not hours, and the actions of MPs yesterday were highly irresponsible.
While legislation has been passed swiftly in the past in times of emergency, there is no emergency here. Brexit has already been well-legislated for and, per my understanding from conversations with senior civil servants, the Government is well-prepared for a No-Deal scenario. This view is echoed by a poster on this board, who works in the Civil Service, but I am not referring to his affirmations here.
The House of Commons doesn't want a hard Brexit, said it on numerous occasions. So when would you like to have this to pas, two weeks from now, a month? We are slightly more than a week from the cliff edge. Something needs to be done.
And I highly doubt that Brittain is ready for a hard Brexit. In my view, it can't be ready, impossible. Perhaps they are ready to provide the things necessary for the first weeks, but not more than that. Heard a doctor on the radio whom couldn't guarantee that his patients got their cancer treatment after a hard Brexit. This is ridiculous, wouldn't you agree? You have EU citizens living in the UK whom can't be guaranteed that they will still be living there legally in just a few days. This must be just the tip of the iceberg. It is a mess and they say the Government is well prepared? Why, because they have a minister for food distribution(!)? Come on, you cannot be taken seriously if you call that "well prepared". It is comically shameful and British politics and Government are letting its citizens down.