No wonder they are pointing at Corbyn. The PM just treated parliament with pure contempt, yet again.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May
James Wright

No wonder the Conservatives and corporate media are pointing at Jeremy Corbyn. At prime minister’s questions (PMQs), Theresa May treated parliament with pure contempt, yet again.

The UK has legislated to leave the EU on 29 March. But May refused to confirm that the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal will go ahead in the third week of January.

Meanwhile, the establishment has embarked on wall-to-wall discussions about whether Corbyn called May a “stupid woman” in the Commons. The Labour leader returned to the commons chamber to confirm he’d muttered “stupid people”, after the Conservatives had, in Corbyn’s words, turned “a debate about the national crisis facing our country into a pantomime”.

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“Delayed yet again?”

During PMQs, Corbyn said:

The international trade secretary said, and I quote, ‘I think that it is very difficult to support the deal if we don’t get changes to the backstop. I’m not even sure if the cabinet will agree for it to be put to the House of Commons’.

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So can the prime minister give us a cast iron guarantee the vote in this house will not be delayed yet again?

But May refused to guarantee that the vote will happen:

We have been very clear about the process that we are going through. And we have been very clear about when the vote will be brought back to this house…

Democracy or executive power

The lack of a guarantee comes after May’s government has sidelined parliament time and time again:

  • First, May tried to invoke Article 50 – the process for leaving the EU – without a parliamentary vote or a plan.
  • In November 2017, the Conservative government attempted to hide flagship Brexit impact assessments from parliament – until former Brexit secretary David Davis admitted they didn’t even exist.
  • Fast forward to 4 December 2018, and MPs found Theresa May’s administration in contempt of parliament in a historic first. May had tried to override a binding Commons vote in order to hide her Brexit legal advice.
  • Then, the government simply cancelled the parliamentary vote on May’s Brexit deal just 12 minutes after Downing Street said it would go ahead, and after parliament had spent days debating the proposal.

And now May won’t confirm any details about when the vote on her deal will go ahead. At the same time, the Conservative government is now officially preparing for ‘no-deal’ (or a minimal arrangements deal). Critics such as Labour chair Ian Lavery have accused May of “holding the UK and parliament to ransom” with the prospect. And Conservative MP Anna Soubry agreed, accusing May of “blackmail”. In a similar vein, Corbyn said at PMQs that:

The reality is that the prime minister is stalling for time.

May’s minority administration has tried to govern through executive rule through the whole Brexit process. Now she is pushing a vote on her Brexit deal back to increase the threat of leaving the EU without a proper deal. As Corbyn pointed out, May is brazenly playing politics with the future of the UK.

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    1. I think what’s more scandalous was at today’s PMQS a Labour & Co-operative MP asked Theresa May about the epidemic of homelessness/roughsleeping, and Theresa May actually said that ‘there’s a difference between homelessness and roughsleeping’ to which you could hear the opposition express shock and “what?!” but that statement was met with outrage by the BBC’s Andrew Neil on Politics Live, instead “Did Jeremy Corbyn call the Prime Minister a Stupid Woman?”. Once more the BBC and the rest of the lamestream media are filling up their ‘Anti-Corbyn’ quotas and ignoring an issue far more important then the endless Brexit soap drama. outrageous!

    2. We leave voter in Lancashire are concerned our
      local Tory M.P. Mr. Andrew Stephenson of Pendle area of Lancashire
      is going to sell us voter out NOW and vote YES to c*** withdrawal bill
      **
      The start of removing the speaker yesterday live in H.O.Commons
      he is pictured in-sitting the Tory party member at side of speaker chaire
      to rebel on the speaker live in H.O.Commons 19.12.2018
      below is my post on this matter o.k. (Canary readers)
      ******
      ******
      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/
      LINK to post 20.12.2018

      Jeremy Corbyn called back to Commons to deny,
      calling Theresa May a stupid woman as sexism row dominates PMQs
      **
      “I see our NON-existent Tory M.P. Andrew Stephenson,
      Of Pendle,area is in-sitting plus shouting in,
      H.O. Commons for his Tory members,
      to rebel on the speaker in this article.
      **
      Voters that voted to leave round Pendle are he doesn’t,
      want another debate or vote in H.O. Commons on,
      Ms. May C*** withdrawal bill that sell us leave voter,
      plus the U.K. out to E.U. forever.
      **
      We free voter believe the Tory Govt want to shut of,
      the speaker now as he seeks debates + a vote in,
      H.O. Commons on withdrawal bill
      But our local Tory M.P. Andrew Stephenson of Pendle,
      doesn’t NOT want a vote on it NOW.
      **
      And our Tory M.P. of Pendle area of Lancashire will vote,
      YES to Ms. May C*** withdrawal bill so selling all us leave,
      voters, out in his area, of Pendle Lancashire for personal gains only
      **
      To get a better paid job within Ms. May Tory party in Parliament,
      he is prepared to sell us leave voter out + Northern Ireland people,
      as well to get up another step on Tory party ladder now,
      He OUR TORY M.P. now intends to betray all us leave voters,
      in all of Lancashire + Pendle area by voting YES to Ms May W/Bill.

    3. I don’t think there will be a vote, A no deal Brexit is in the works which I’m sure is thier plan. The soldiers will be called out to quell dissent. End of story.
      Take the the issue to the cliff edge is a strategy I’ve seen before in politics. The Tories have the arrogance to do it.
      Stupid Prime Minister I’d say so too.

      1. GOOD POINTS!
        What “I cannot understand is why Ms May
        put the BACKSTOP in the bill in the first place.
        what mortive dose she have “I wonder?
        **
        1–As it sell us leave vote out (betrayed us all.)
        2–She backstabs the Northern Ireland people
        with a hard border in Northern Ireland.
        3–Also she betrayed her bed partners in CRIME
        the D.U.P. by changing the rules in the,
        C**p withdrawal bill she made with them.
        **
        So now “I am all for a new G.E. to sort out this mess now
        and remove Tory party from Govt and put a stop to
        Ms May C**p withdrawal bill that will sell out our country
        to the E.U. 27 Country for another 50+years
        YES “I voted to leave E.U. mess.

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