If you’re anything like me, I was almost clawing at the walls watching the House of Commons shenanigans last night, with a bunch of people resembling braying donkeys ‘performing’ like the very worst debating chamber in history. No offence to any Brexiteers, but we don’t tend to see that nonsense at the European Parliament. It was utter chaos, as Theresa May sails the good ship ‘my deal or no deal’ line, but she has promised to resign if she gets her deal through, which appeals to the likes of Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and no doubt, Michael Gove, all fancying their chances in power as leader. Great, a leadership election will be just what’s needed to smooth the waters as we Brexit.
The only thing last night achieved for me was a growing disaffection with the British political system. I might not be Anna Soubry’s greatest fan but she was shouted down despicably. The place seems full of too many people liking the sounds of their own voices, while no one actually seems to care very much about what actually happens to the country. Or, as the media puts it, the Commons is as divided as the country. So, what’s the way forward on this when the leaders and the people are all divided pretty much down the middle?
Anyway, Geoffrey Cox was told to abstain on everything, so he was a good boy, and did.
Scott Mann is just an MP, so he could vote. He voted thus:
- For No-deal: Leaving the EU on 12 April without a deal (John Baron’s proposal – 160 for, 400 against) (a bit of a shocker, in the minority there).
- Against Common Market 2.0: Remaining in the European single market and seeking a temporary customs union with the EU (Nick Boles’ proposal – 188 for, 283 against)
- For EFTA and EEA: Remaining in the European single market but not forming a customs union with the EU (George Eustice’s proposal – 65 for, 377 against)
- Against Customs union: Seeking a UK-wide customs union with the EU (Ken Clarke’s proposal – 264 for, 272 against)
- Against Labour’s alternative plan: Negotiating changes to the withdrawal agreement so that it includes protections to workers’ rights, a permanent customs union, and close alignment to the single market (Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal – 237 for, 307 against)
- Against Revoke Article 50: Cancelling Brexit if the UK gets within days of leaving the EU without a deal (Joanna Cherry’s proposal – 184 for, 293 against)
- Against Second referendum: Holding another public vote to confirm any withdrawal agreement agreed by Parliament (Margaret Beckett’s proposal – 268 for, 295 against)
- For Standstill arrangement: Seeking a tariff-free trade agreement with the EU that will last for two years, during which time Britain will contribute to the EU budget (Marcus Fysh’s proposal – 139 for, 422 against)
The BBC tells us:
Ken Clarke’s customs union proposal came closest to securing a majority, losing by eight votes – 272 to 264.
Margaret Beckett’s proposal for a second referendum to validate any withdrawal agreement received the most votes, 268, but 295 MPs voted against it.
Labour’s alternative plan was the only other option to get more than 200 votes.
So, there we have it, the ayes have it, the ayes have it! Nonsense.