In response to Paul Wood: Boris will get his deal passed, one way or another,
Damaris Tighe wrote:
Absolutely correct: all those parsing Boris’s deal clause by clause should remember that he was negotiating with one hand behind his back, because the threat of no deal was taken away by the Surrender Act. Parliament will never allow no deal.
Let’s not be like those Japanese soldiers holding out in the jungle 30 years after the end of WW2. Their only victims were ordinary Filipino farmers. For Filipino farmers in the current context, read ordinary small and medium sized businesses which desperately want an end to this uncertainty.
James Chilton wrote:
As Jon Holbrook, a barrister writing in Spiked this morning, observes: Johnson’s withdrawal agreement is a treaty that can’t be directly repudiated by the British electorate.
‘Treaties of this nature are only entered into by states that have been conquered or defeated. In Britain’s case, its political class has been defeated, at the ballot box by a public that voted in June 2016 to take back control. But rather than accept that power should return to the people, the UK’s Remain-dominated elite would prefer to be ruled by a foreign institution, the EU, than by a parliament accountable to its electors.’