Ken Clarke makes his position on Article 50 very clear

Ken Clarke MP

THE good thing about clichés is that every so often they are appropriate for a particular situation and in the case of Mrs May, the so called ‘Chinese Curse’, “may you live in interesting times” appears to be particularly apposite.

Having effectively lost the first round in the ‘triggergate affair’ when the High Court ruled that the will of Parliament must be respected and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty may not be introduced without a formal vote in Parliament, 76-year-old Ken Clarke, former government minister and still influential conservative MP immediately announced that he was no hypocrite and would vote against any motion to approve Britain leaving the European Union.

He just about stopped himself from calling for ‘twelve good men and true’ to join him and acknowledged that he thought that his would be an empty gesture to some extent, but although the government does have a majority it is in theory one that could be overturned and no whip is going to intimidate this particular MP.

With her position weakened, the prime minister has apparently decided to call Jean-Claude Juncker to explain that the matter of a parliamentary vote won’t change the situation, although she must be aware that there will now be a clamouring in certain parts of the country for a new general election in order to make it clear whether the country actually supports this unelected Prime Minister.

It’s not just the House of Commons that will have the vote but also the House of Lords and sometimes they have been known to block ‘the other place’ out of sheer devilment or even genuinely held belief.

To add to the controversy, a recent opinion poll indicated the fact that a number of people who voted to exit in the referendum have changed their minds and whilst those who voted to remain are still pretty stalwart in their wishes, a referendum tomorrow could see a significant turn-around although opinion polls are no longer respected due to recent and glaring inaccuracies.

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


    • Ian

      05 November 2016 • 10:00

      I wonder if anyone has realised that this proposed date of March for the application to withdraw from the EU via Article 50, assumes all will be done within a period of 2 years – and – guess what, nobody so far has media reported that the EU parliamentary elections are in 2019 – what – no UK elections of MEPs ? what a surprise. If the proposed fantasy timescale is not reality, what then for the next EU elections in 2019 ? and, why no comments form MEPs about this chaos ?


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