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Brexit, the Tories, and the Constitution

A thread on how we got here, with actual examples

Secretaries of State repeatedly misled the House and its committees over the extent and existence of Brexit sector analyses reports

The government prolonged the current parliamentary session over two years, so that there would not be a Queen's Speech

The government packed committees with Tory majorities, even though it is a hung parliament, by procedural sleight of hand

The government repeatedly ignored and did not even participate in votes on opposition motions

And then disregarded the motions passed

The government sought to make the Article 50 notification without any parliamentary approval whatsoever, and forced litigation to go all the way to the Supreme Court so that parliament could have that approval

The government committed itself to billions of pounds of public expenditure in a blatant bribe to the DUP for support in a supply and confidence vote

The government repeatedly sought to circumvent or abuse the Sewell convention in its dealings with the devolved administrations

The government sought to legislate for staggeringly wider "Henry VIII powers" so that it could legislate and even repeal Acts without any recourse to parliament

The government became the first administration in parliamentary history to be held to be in contempt of parliament

The government stood by when there were attacks on the independent judiciary and the independent civil service

"Enemies of the People"


The government deliberately broke the pairing convention, in respect of an MP on maternity leave, so that the the government could win a vote

The government gave serious consideration to blocking a duly passed Bill from obtaining Royal Assent

The government has now locked the doors of parliament for five weeks in the crucial run-up to a no deal Brexit, just to avoid scrutiny and adverse legislation

Today a senior cabinet minister refused to commit the government to complying with any laws passed by parliament

And the response of government supporters to anyone disturbed by this pattern of increasingly serious constitutional wrongs?


But these concrete examples show there is something serious to be worried about

Something bad is happening, and it has to be stopped

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