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Predictable response

Oh dear, how utterly predictable that the usual suspects are claiming foul simply because Boris Johnson has done what all Prime Ministers have done, and asked HM The Queen to proroge Parliament. The claim is that he has done this to thwart plans to confound the democratic mandate to take the UK out of the political construct of the EU. I’m inclined to believe he has used a Parliamentary process to do precisely that, but why should anyone be surprised, after all isn’t that what the Remainer parliamentarians have been doing; using every trick in the book to delay the date the UK leaves.

It was arch Remainer John Bercow who used his position of privilege as Speaker to overturn centuries of tradition and allow MPs to make amendment to a Government Bill. In justifying his actions he claimed that it was important to have a “degree of political and intellectual flexibility.”

Proroguing Parliament is the way in which Parliamentary sessions are closed and affords the Government of the day to set out its new legislative programme. The present Parliament has sat for over 298 days, a record, and has spanned a period of three years, which ostensibly was to allow the passage of Brexit legislation. It is therefore a little rich for MPs and Remainers to suggest they have or are being denied sufficient time to debate Brexit (they didn’t want to give up holidays to do that) and they did vote for the Referendum Bill, Article 50 and the Withdrawal Bill, but oddly for a group which doesn’t want to leave with ‘no deal’ many opposed the Withdrawal Agreement not once but three times!

History demonstrates they will use any tactic to achieve their objective, so it was that In 1948, Labour Prime Minister Clement Atlee prorogued parliament to get around opposition to the Parliament Bill, which intended to limit the powers of the Lords.

Remainer parliamentarians have indulged themselves by claiming to respect the referendum while working to subvert the decision, let them be honest and acknowledge that it’s not a no deal Brexit they wish to avoid, it’s Brexit in any form.

Des Morgan, Caraway Drive

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A disaster unfolding

Following the announcement of the proroguing of parliament this week, some people have supported Johnson on the grounds that they are sick of Brexit, that he is getting it done and that leaving with a no deal on 31st October will be a simple end to the matter.

What people are not being told is that a no deal will not be the end of Brexit, but will achieve the exact opposite. In the years following a no deal, the UK will have to renegotiate a whole new political and economic relationship with the EU. This will be complicated, expensive and time-consuming.

We will be doing so from a position of extreme weakness having walked away from our commitments and having no established trade deals.

We cannot simply ignore our neighbours who are currently our largest trading partners and with whom we have many complicated partnerships based on security, research, finance, the environment, standards etc. A no deal will ensure our news agenda will continue to be dominated by this for many, many years and the headlines won’t often be cheerful reading.

The reason many MPs are fighting tooth and nail to prevent no deal is not to frustrate the will of the people, it is because they are paid to act in the interests of their constituents and can see this disaster unfolding. What the government describe as the “bumps in the road” are people’s jobs and our international reputation.

Neil Mercer, Maidstone Road

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