Theresa May’s government has now suspended that threat but with a proviso. Baroness Evans, leader of the Lords, has warned her upper house colleagues that they must exhibit “discipline and self-regulation”, especially where scrutiny of Brexit is concerned. She is right that unelected peers would be unwise to adopt a wrecking stance towards a policy mandated by popular vote in the referendum. But there is no sign that the Lords have wholly obstructive intent, and they do have a right of critical engagement. An undertaking to comply with the prime minister’s Brexit timetable is not one the Lords can reasonably give, nor one that government should seek. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Brexit and the Lords: power to examine
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This morning presidents of the European Commission, Parliament and Council Ursula von der Leyen, David Sassoli and Charles Michel will give a statement warning that decisions still need to be taken about how close the UK’s partnership will be with the EU. … [Read more...] about Brexit: Ann Widdecombe leads barmy boastful bagpiping bye-bye from Brussels
Issues on the table might include the lack of voter ID laws in some states, although it would be a tough hill to climb. In August the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that required IDs to vote, agreeing with the U.S. Justice Department's claim that it put minorities at a disadvantage. … [Read more...] about Donald doubles down: Trump says he WILL ‘totally accept’ election results – if HE wins!
Mr Johnson’s top aide, Dominic Cummings, yesterday hit out at the Tory rebels, telling them: “The Prime Minister believes politicians don’t get to choose which votes they respect.” … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson plotting early election so he can push through no-deal Brexit
But that is only one aspect of the dark logic behind the tweets. Far more alarmingly, Trump’s attack on the reliability of mail-in votes establishes the groundwork for a radical refusal to acknowledge electoral defeat. In contrast to ballots cast in-person on 3 November, mail-in ballots often cannot be fully counted until several days after the election. This means that in a very tight race, the results announced on election day may be no more than provisional; and second, because of the demographic patterns I mentioned above, the full counting of ballots may well swing the outcome in the favor of Democratic candidates. … [Read more...] about Will Trump dispute the 2020 election results? His tweets this week suggest so