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Angry Tory rebels and Labour MPs vowed that they would attempt to force the government to hold a vote.
However, a government source says there would be no vote on a business motion to cancel Tuesday's vote. "We are replacing the business with a new statement but it isn't a motion and therefore isn't voteable," the source said.
More seriously, this was always the most likely reading.
Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown...
Manifesto by progressive Europeans calls for 800bn of levies to tackle inequality, disillusionment, climate change and migration
The manifesto drawn up by Thomas Piketty and others addresses the inequality and populism sweeping the continent. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images
A group of progressive Europeans led by the economist and author Thomas Piketty has drawn up a bold new blueprint for a fairer Europe to address the division, disenchantment, inequality and rightwing populism sweeping the continent.
The plan, crafted by more than 50 economists, historians and former politicians from half a dozen countries, includes huge levies on multinationals, millionaires and carbon emissions to generate funds to tackle the most urgent issues of the day, including poverty, migration, climate change and the EU's so-called democratic deficit.
All fine up to this point...
At the heart of the manifesto is a call for a European assembly that would have a budget of up to 800bn a year, financed by taxing corporate profits more effectively, as well as income and wealth.
The money would be overseen by a new European assembly consisting mostly of national politicians and some MEPs. While the assembly would be in touch with EU institutions, it would sit outside EU treaties and have the final word on spending.
Piketty is recycling his hobby horse of a Eurozone parliamentary assembly... which wasn't a ridiculous idea in itself... but this time round, he doesn't seem to reference the Eurozone at all. Colour me perplexed. What is this Frankenstein parliament for? Other than destroying the EU?
The public are invited to comment and improve the proposals, which the authors said were "not perfect, but ... do have the merit of existing".
Please don't read the list of signatories. Ok, read it, if you need a good laugh.
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He's interested in the size and shape of the crater?
The UK can't stay in beyond the EU elections, because they will have no representation.
Their seats have been re-allocated, there isn't time to allocate a new bunch and have that ratified by all parties.
Referendum is constitutionally irrelevant: purely a political thing.
and... Ultimately only the EU cares about no land border in Ireland? You don't agree that it's a constitutional problem for the UK? As well as a question of civil peace?
Or are you being ironic ?<deadpan>
HM Gov't could take the decision unilaterally, but this particular HM Gov't doesn't have the kind of rock-solid majority in the Commons that would guarantee easy backing for the decision.
So we fall back on the hallowed convention that the House of Commons is sovereign. Ie, withdrawal of withdrawal would require a Commons vote.
A second referendum could satisfy the "democratic process" requirement, but would also require a Commons vote (as per the first referendum, established by Act of Parliament).
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