Yvette Cooper’s Brexit Bill – But More Time To Do What?

Yvette Cooper’s got a brand new idea – one that doesn’t involve flipping houses on expenses this time which is nice. The thing is, this idea on Brexit is about as much use to us peeps out here as that greed for taxfunded pelf. Sure, so, we all get more time if Yvette’s cunning plan goes to script. But more time to do what?

That is, she’s still not solved the basic problem which is there is no majority in the Commons – nor in fact anywhere else if we’re honest about it – for the specific deal that should be signed up to. The only majority we’ve in fact got is the one that says Leave even as that has splits in it about how. We’ve just not got a majority in favour of anything more detailed than that. So, how does this help?

Today, the prime minister has to put forward her Brexit plan B. But Theresa May’s repeated delays mean there are now only 67 days left until the 29 March deadline – and I am really worried the government is drifting by accident into a damaging and chaotic “no deal” that would hit manufacturing, jobs, food prices, policing and security. That is why, with other cross-party select committee chairs and MPs, I’m putting forward a new bill; it means that if we reach the end of February and things still aren’t sorted out, then parliament would get a vote on whether to extend article 50 and give everyone a bit more time.

Yes love, but more time to do what?

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Yvette Cooper is very fond of giving interviews in which she says, very earnestly, how worried she is about something.

She’s a worrier. Quite why that should be a concern for the rest of us, I’m not sure.

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I was struck by what a very long monologue she was allowed by the Today interviewer yesterday. Had they given up interrupting, I wondered. Not a chance. Interviewing IDS this morning, back to business as usual. Interrupt at all costs to prevent IDS from completing a coherent argument.

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Of course her constituency vote 69.2 to 30.74 for leave, but she believes she’s respecting their wishes.

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Any casual observer of EU negotiations would notice that deals only get done in the last five minutes. Best to accelerate the occurrence of the last five minutes. Delay only puts it off to no advantage. Unless delay is your sole object.