Brexit: MPs already voted down EEA, single-market-plus-customs-union demands and second referendum

Brexit and ‘indicative votes’: MPs already voted down EEA, single-market-plus-customs-union demands and second referendum In the recent discussions during the Brexit process and with UK government ministers suggesting that ‘indicative votes‘ be held in Parliament, a great deal of commentary has overlooked one key insight: that Parliament has in the past two years already voted down key precedented options, including the EEA-option, the single-market-plus-customs-union option or a second referendum. And they have voted down those options in legislative (amendment) votes, … Read more

Coalition Government: Experts in pseudo-consultation and historic U-turns

There are two types of Government consultation. There is the kind of consultation that provides people with a background on a specific issue, enables people to respond to Option A, B, C, etc, so that the general public respond accordingly with A, B, or C or with perhaps some written submission, and then the Government responds accordingly. The other sort of consultation is the one in which a general briefing is provided by Department X within a narrow perspective, which … Read more