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The other candidates for Tory leadership are saying the same. (Raab, McVey, Hunt...).

Gesticulation aimed at the Tory membership "base".

Proroguing Parliament to impose a policy Parliament has several times voted against would be an outright putsch by the executive. Aggravated by the fact that opinion polls show pretty solid opposition to that policy on the part of a majority of the electorate. That way lies constitutional mayhem and a country paralysed by conflict for years to come.

To that add what Frank says above about EU reactions.

The only route for a PM who wants to pull out with no deal is to win a general election fought on the question. The Leave vote would be split between Farage and the Tories, and Labour would stand an excellent chance of making it on an anti-no-deal platform, in spite of Remainer defections to the Lib Dems.

To the objection that BoJo et al have fat-cat backers who are licking their chops at the prospect of UK roadkill, I'd suggest they wouldn't be tipping their cards so blatantly at this stage. These declarations of wicked intent from the candidates are aimed at the comparatively small number of aged swivel-eyes who are to elect the Tory party leader.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 at 08:02:49 AM EST
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