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The Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the country last night regarding her decision to extend Article 50. In it she lay blame firmly at the door of MPs. MPs have hit back accusing her of endangering their safety. As such, I have today submitted a report to The Metropolitan Police regarding Theresa May’s reckless actions.
Brexit negotiations have not been going well for The UK’s Prime Minister. Her “Withdrawal Agreement” and “Political Declaration” have been voted down twice by MPs in The House of Commons. She currently holds the spots of 1st and 4th worst defeats by a sitting government.
In spite of these humiliating losses, May has continued to push her deal as the only option. However, she was dealt a blow this week when The Speaker of The House of Commons John Bercow MP, told the government that they could not bring back her plan for a third vote unless, it is “substantially different” than what has been voted on before.
His ruling is based on a parliamentary convention dating back to 1604 which the parliamentary rule-book; Erskine May, sets out by saying;
“a motion or amendment “which is the same, in substance” as something already voted on should not be brought forward again in a session of parliament.”
There are several options she could take to overcome this hurdle but instead, she has chosen to ignore this ruling and plans to bring her deal back unchanged anyway. This would lead to a face off in parliament in which The Prime Minister is likely to lose.
Article 50 Extension
MPs have previously voted to extended Article 50, the mechanism which began The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU). What the vote didn’t cover was for how long the extension should be.
Many commentators and politicians thought it would be a long extension so that the UK could sort out what it wanted.
Instead Theresa May wrote to European President Donald Tusk asking for an extension that would last no late than June 30th 2019. This is so as to avoid the UK having to participate in EU Parliamentary Elections.
Despite being told she couldn’t bring back her plan to vote on she tells Tusk that she intends to bring it back “to the House of Commons this week.”
She has written this as European leaders are meeting this week and all 27 EU leaders must agree to an extension. She was dealt yet another blow, when it emerged that she had sent the letter too late. Some EU countries said that it did not give them enough time to consult with their legislatures.
As such any agreement will not come until next week, days before the current exit date of March 29th.4
Theresa May Addresses The Country
Whilst MPs where in the midst of an emergency debate about May’s letter to the EU, an announcement was made that The PM would make a statement to the country at 8pm, later pushed back to 8:15pm.
Having done this on several occasions before not much, if anything new was expected to come from it.
MPs in her own party have been pushing her to commit to resigning as a condition that they back her deal in parliament. So some thought that this could be the reason for the address.
They couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
When the PM emerged and took her place at the podium she looked as bullish as ever. And then it began.
MPs Entirely To Blame Says May
With just nine days to go before Britain is due to leave the EU, she laid the blame for the crisis squarely at the door of MPs. She had done the same thing during Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) earlier in the day. She said in her address;
“Of this I am absolutely sure: you the public have had enough. You’re tired of the infighting. You’re tired of the political games and the arcane procedural rows.
“Tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit, when you have real concerns about your children’s schools, our national health service, knife crime. You want this stage of the Brexit process to be over and done with. I agree. I am on your side. It is now time for MPs to decide,”
MPs React Angrily
As soon as May had finished MPs from all sides were quick to condemn the language used by The Prime Minister.
In a tweet, MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting accused May of putting MP’s ‘lives in danger with an “incendiary and irresponsible” address.
Conservative MP for East Surrey, Sam Gyimah was equally unimpressed with his leader saying;
“Resorting to the ‘blame game’ as the PM is doing is a low blow. Democracy loses when a PM who has set herself against the HoC then blames MPs for doing their job. Distracts from Art 50 extension, all part of her strategy to run down the clock and rule out other options. Toxic.”
Reporting May to The Metropolitan Police
Having heard the speech myself and seem the comments made by MPs and others I decided something needed to be done.
I wondered if a member of the public used such rhetoric to an audience of millions of people, would they get away with it?
Given the state of politics in the UK just now Theresa may will be well aware that anything she says will carry consequences. Jo Cox MP was murdered by a far-right extremist because of her views. MPs are being accosted daily outside the Houses of Parliament and they face very credible death threats all the time and have had to increase their security.
I decided to file a report to The Metropolitan Police regarding the Prime Minister. This is not a joke and it is not in spite either as you will see below.
Yes, I may object with many MPs because of their views but I absolutely do not think it is fair that they face any form of intimidation for doing their job. Whether we like them or not, they have families and friends who love them.
Holding them to account is totally fine. In-fact it’s the sign of a healthy democracy that we are allowed to question our elected representatives for their actions. We should remember that many others don’t have this option at all.
That democracy is being put at threat as more and more MPs require security to carry out basic things such as constituency surgeries.
Above you can see some of the details I submitted to the Met Police. I also published this on Twitter. I did this as it may seem like a joke or to be malicious but it is not.
Had an ordinary citizen acted in this way, they would at the very least be investigated. She has blamed MPs for delaying Brexit. Such a delicate issue as this should, lead public figures to be careful of that they say. In this case, I can’t see how the Prime Minister thought this was wise.
I’m no legal expert, nor do I claim to be either, that is why I have submitted this report.
At the very least, there should be a full investigation of May’s actions last night and also a review of MPs security arrangements.
Anything short of that will tell the public that holding a high office makes you immune from scrutiny under the law.