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Role of the opposition leader in a vote of no-confidence in accordance with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

    "It is understood the Government only has to give time to
    motions tabled in the name of the Leader of the Opposition."

Brexit news latest: Opposition parties table vote of no confidence in Government | Evening Standard - Dec. 19, 2018 |

Caretaker Government - 28 March 1979

    Mr James Callaghan:  Mr Speaker, now that the House has declared itself, we shall take our case to the country. Tomorrow I shall propose to Her Majesty that Parliament be dissolved as soon as essential business can be cleared up, and then Ishall announce as soon as may be - and that will be as soon as possible - the date of Dissolution, the date of the election and the date of meeting of the new Parliament.

    Mrs Margaret Thatcher:  As the Government no longer have authority to carry on business without the agreement of the Opposition, I make it quite clear that we shall facilitate any business which requires the agreement of the Opposition so that the Dissolution can take place at the very earliest opportunity and the uncertainty ended.


Dissolution of Parliament

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by Oui on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 06:49:47 PM EST
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Excellent reference, clears a lot of things up. The disavowed PM may request dissolution and go to the country. Thatcher seems to suggest a sort of gentleperson's agreement on the conduct of necessary business until the election indicates (hopefully) a new majority.

Following that precedent, Boris could remain PM but with an agreement with the Opposition aka Corbyn. Very hard to see how that agreement could not rule out a no-deal Brexit.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 08:03:07 PM EST
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Ongoing development:

Jeremy Corbyn has called on the UK's most senior civil servant to intervene to stop Boris Johnson forcing a no-deal Brexit in the middle of an election campaign, amid rising signs the country is heading for the polls again this autumn.

The Labour leader wrote to Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, accusing the prime minister of plotting an "unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power", after it emerged No 10 would be prepared to delay an election until immediately after 31 October if Johnson loses a no confidence vote among MPs.

In his letter, Corbyn demanded urgent clarification of the rules around purdah, which are meant to prevent the government taking major policy decisions during an election campaign.

He asked Sedwill to confirm that if the UK is due to leave the EU without a deal during an election campaign, then the government must seek an extension to article 50 and allow an incoming administration to take a decision about Brexit on the basis of the result.

Lexical item:

purdah (countable and uncountable, plural purdahs)

    (chiefly South Asia) A curtain, especially as used to conceal and divide women from men and strangers in some Hindu or Muslim traditions. [from 17th c.] quotations ▼
    (rare, obsolete) A striped cotton cloth which is used to make curtains. [19th c.]
    The state or system of social gender seclusion in some Muslim or Hindu communities. [from 19th c.]
    A long veil, or other all-enveloping clothing, worn by women in some Muslim societies. [from 20th c.]
    (figuratively) Secrecy, isolation. [from 20th c.]
    (Britain) The period immediately before an election or referendum during which restrictions are in force on the activity of civil servants.



Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 05:25:12 AM EST
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Boris will lose out or gets a free ride into a no-deal Tory-Brexit in the first week of September. The discussion of the "Occupier of Downing Street #10" and the developing debate was put in a new diary yesterday ...

Summer Recess Debate - Latter Days of Boris

I don't see Jeremy Corbyn leading the House of Commons out of its dilemma. The offer by Corbyn amounted to a choice between Boris or him ... that will NOT work out well. A Labour strategy that has failed for months and like the Australian election this year, Labour loses out!

    Speculation intensified that Johnson was preparing for a snap poll after it emerged he had brought in Isaac Levido, the righthand man of the Australian election guru Lynton Crosby, to a new campaigning role at Conservative party headquarters.

Foreign Policy: Boris Ally Lynton Crosby and CTF

Thus ... after the defeat of Remain, Hillary Clinton, Bill Shorten will Jeremy Corbyn be next!

The winning strategy by Conservaties, Trump, et al. ... staying on message. How brutal it may be in content!

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by Oui on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 07:02:09 AM EST
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It's not just staying on message, it's rejecting any message that is not simplistic, demagogic, duplicitous... and, (T)trump card, more or less explicitly xenophobic.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 07:13:58 AM EST
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Constitutional experts weigh in on the question:

"Short answer: the Queen could dismiss Boris Johnson if he lost a vote of no confidence and refused to resign," said Robert Hazell, professor of government and constitution at University College London.

"But she would only do so if the House of Commons indicated clearly who should be appointed as prime minister in his place."

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 there is 14-day window after a vote of no confidence in which to find an alternative government capable of securing the confidence of the Commons. Any election would be held 25 working days after the dissolution of parliament.



Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Aug 7th, 2019 at 06:54:07 PM EST
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This evening I briefly listened to a Cambridge professor on the same subject.

Constitutional crisis for the Queen? PM appointed by the Queen on the condition the candidate has a majority support in the Commons.

After summer recess, need the no-confidence vote to start the 14 day period. Boris Johnson could set the election date after the 31st of October ... no-deal Brexit would be inevitable. In case another majority government can be formed, a new PM would be appointed by the Queen. This requires for him to set a date for the election. He could choose a date beyond the 25 working days, but yet before the 31st of October. To call an earlier election, he needs at least 66% of MPs to agree to it.

I think that's how I understood what he was telling the BBC viewers.

Could there be an early general election?


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by Oui on Wed Aug 7th, 2019 at 09:35:25 PM EST
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New rebel bid to halt no-deal Brexit amid fury at PM's enforcer

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by Oui on Wed Aug 7th, 2019 at 10:00:49 PM EST
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What if the Queen dies (she is 93, after all). Does Charles immediately get the power to fire Johnson, or is there some delay?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 07:52:00 AM EST
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He is King immediately

"The Queen is dead. Long live the King"

However, it's extremely unlikely he'd do anything to rock the boat immediately. I think he's a more overt religionist that Liz and so will babble and dabble in faith

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 06:01:04 PM EST
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What a wonderful constitutional crisis the UK would have!

#dedQueen

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 08:50:10 AM EST
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Problem is that while the UK is busy having its constitutional crisis, Article 50 will already have taken effect.
by asdf on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 03:50:19 PM EST
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