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Brexit: Wythenshawe MP, Mike Kane condemns Parliament shutdown

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe MP Mike Kane has condemned Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament as “an affront to our democratic principles”.

Earlier this week, Wythenshawe church leader, Dave Warnock, urged the Labour MP to share his views on what he calls a “democratic crisis” following the decision by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prorogue (suspend) parliament, seen by many as an attempt to prevent MPs from blocking a no-deal departure from the European Union.

And in a statement to the Wythenshawe Reporter, Mr Kane today condemned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament.

The Labour MP said: “Given the situation facing our country as we approach the Brexit deadline of 31 October, and the impact it could have on people’s jobs and living standards, I believe it is deeply concerning to suspend Parliament and I am opposed to it.

“The Labour Party and Parliament must do everything we can, working on a cross party basis to block a No Deal Brexit. I cannot sit back and allow the Prime Minister to drag us out of the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement because we have seen the potential economic consequences for the country.

“I believe we’re at the stage in our history where party advantage must be put to one side, we must look at the long-term interest of our country.

“Prorogation at this time is an affront to our democratic principles. Long prorogations raise fundamental questions about whether the Government of the day commands the confidence of a majority of MPs and whether it can legitimately govern.

“Finally, I want to reiterate my opposition to a No Deal Brexit. Businesses, trade unions and the Government’s own analysis have warned about the disruption No Deal would result in and the damage it would do to our economy. I am committed to working across Parliament, to do whatever is necessary to stop it happening.”

Mr Kane has previously voted against No Deal in Parliament and abstained on proposals for a second referendum and to cancel Brexit.

What does proroguing parliament mean?

A Parliament lasts for the time between general elections – supposedly five – but it is divided into sessions, usually lasting about a year. The current session has lasted 26 months.

At the end of a session, a Prime Minister formally advises the Queen to prorogue  Parliament, usually for a few days, after which a new session will begin with a state opening of Parliament and a Queen’s Speech which will outline the laws the Government intends to introduce. During the suspension the Government can continue to do its job, but MPs cannot debate in Parliament, pass laws or scrutinise what the Government and Prime Minister is doing.

Proroguing  Parliament is different to recess, when the session continues but MPs do not attend the House of Commons, usually during the summer and when the parties take part in their conferences.

Proroguing Parliament is a power exercised by the PM, officially held by the Queen. MPs have no say in the matter. MPs do have a say in whether a recess can take place, and there was speculation that Parliament would vote against a recess for the upcoming party conferences so that MPs could debate Brexit ahead of the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU on October 31.

MPs from all parties have condemned the suspension, some calling it a coup and some an attack on parliamentary democracy.

The move has sparked demonstrations across the country,  a legal challenge and a petition signed by 1.6 million nationwide so far, including 2,331 people in Wythenshawe and Sale East. A protest is planned for Monday at 6.30 at the Peterloo Memorial in Manchester.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove, who had previously opposed prorgation said the suspension,  was “certainly not” a political move to obstruct opposition to the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said this parliamentary session had been one of the longest in almost 400 years, so it was right to suspend it and start a new session.

Ruth Fox – director of parliamentary experts the Hansard Society – said this prorogation was “significantly longer than we would normally have” for the purpose of starting a new parliamentary session.

Ms Fox said that depending on the day the suspension began – and on whether MPs would have voted to have a party conference recess at all – the prorogation could “potentially halve” the number of days MPs have to scrutinise the government’s Brexit position.

Brexit: Wythenshawe MP defies Labour leader over “People’s Vote” bid

KaneThe government is planning a new vote on Brexit tomorrow after eight proposals failed to get a majority in Parliament last night.

Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane defied instructions from the Labour Party leadership to support a call for a second referendum on Brexit.

The referendum proposal was one of eight options put to MPs in an attempt to finally work out what Parliament might vote for and not just what it might vote against. But the result was a rejection of all eight options.

Mike Kane, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister,  did not vote either way on a call for a second referendum. He backed Labour’s alternative Brexit plan. Mr Kane has previously said a second referendum would be a “poor choice”.

A number of other shadow ministers also failed to take part in the vote, including Gloria De Piero, Jim McMahon, Tracy Brabin and Jo Platt.

However, the rebels are not expected to be disciplined by Labour whips.

According to Politics Home, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn wrote to his MPs saying his first priority was to deliver the Labour Brexit plan – after frontbenchers raised concerns

He urged them to support the amendment to “keep the option of a public vote on the table”, saying it was worth supporting the bid to “stop a disastrous no deal or May’s unacceptable deal”.

The second referendum option, proposed by Labour grandee, Dame Margaret Beckett was the most popular with MPs, with 268 voting in favour. 5.9 million people have signed a petition calling for another vote including more than 8,000 in Wythenshawe.

What were the proposals and how did Mike Kane vote on them?

Against –  NO DEAL.  The legal default if no deal is agreed. No trade terms and no transition.The motion proposed leaving the European Union without a deal on April 12. 160 for, 400 against.

ForCOMMON MARKET 2.0.  proposing UK membership of the European Free Trade Association and European Economic Area. Committed to free movement of people through participation in the single market, and a “comprehensive customs arrangement”. The scheme would be in place until another trade deal guaranteeing frictionless movement of goods and an open border in Ireland. 188 for, 283 against.

Did not voteSOFT BREXIT THROUGH EFTA AND THE EEA. Remaining within the EEA and rejoining EFTA, but remaining outside a customs union with the EU. 65 for, 377 against.

ForCUSTOMS UNION. Forcing the government to negotiate a “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU” in any Brexit deal. Regarded as a “softer” Brexit that would solve the Northern Ireland border issue. 264 for, 272 against.

ForLABOUR’S ALTERNATIVE PLAN. Plan for a close economic relationship with the EU, including a comprehensive customs union, with a UK say on future trade deals. Close alignment with the single market; matching new EU rights and protections; participation in EU agencies and funding programmes; and agreement on future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant. 237 for, 307 against.

Did not voteCANCEL BREXIT. Under this proposal, if the Government failed to pass a deal, there would be a vote on a no-deal Brexit two sitting days before the scheduled date of departure – early April. If MPs refuse to authorise no-deal, the Prime Minister would be required to halt Brexit by revoking Article 50. 184 for, 293 against.

Did not vote –  SECOND REFERENDUM. a public vote to confirm any Brexit deal passed by Parliament before its ratification.Tabled by former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett. 268 for, 295 against.

AgainstSTANDSTILL ARRANGEMENT. Calls for the Government to seek to agree “preferential” trade arrangements with the EU. This would be for a period of two years during which time Britain would contribute to the EU budget. 139 for, 422 against.










More than 2,000 in Wythenshawe and Sale East back “cancel Brexit” petition

petitionMore than 2,000 people in Wythenshawe and Sale East have signed a petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled.

The online petition had attracted 2.6 million supporters from across the UK at 9am this morning and will be considered for debate in parliament.

The petition calls for Article 50, which triggered the Brexit process, to be revoked. The petitions website crashed yesterday under the volume of signatures recorded. Continue reading “More than 2,000 in Wythenshawe and Sale East back “cancel Brexit” petition”

Manchester council leaders plead with MPs to reject No Deal Brexit

Manchester Council Leader, Sir Richard Leese

Manchester council’s leadership has joined leaders from England’s five core cities to plead with MPs to reject leaving the EU without a deal.

MPs are voting tonight on whether to rule out a No Deal Brexit following the Prime Minister’s defeat yesterday of her proposed withdrawal agreement.

Manchester says they are concerned about the impact of No Deal on the region and in particular its effect on Manchester Airport. Continue reading “Manchester council leaders plead with MPs to reject No Deal Brexit”