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MAJOR FEAR: EX-PM JOHN MAJOR WARNS THAT BORIS JOHNSON COULD USE ‘POLITICAL CHICANERY’ TO SUSPEND REMAINER REBELS’ LAW AGAINST NO DEAL AND FORCE BREXIT ON OCTOBER 31

Sir John Major
27 September 2019
The Sun
Sir John Major last night claimed Boris Johnson will try to use the Privy Council to dodge Brexit extension laws.The former Tory PM fears the Government is planning to pass an Order of Council to suspend the Benn Act until after October 31. Speaking at a Centre for European Reform event at the Spanish Embassy, Sir John said: “My fear is that the Government will seek to bypass Statute Law, by passing an Order of Council to suspend the Act until after October 31. “It is important to note that an Order of Council can be passed by Privy Councillors — that is Government Ministers — without involving the Queen

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Sir John Major
27 September 2019
The Guardian
In a speech to the the Centre for European Reform, Major said he feared Boris Johnson could try - via the privy council - to bypass the Benn Act by suspending it until after 31 October.He said: My fear is that the government will seek to bypass statute law, by passing an order of council to suspend the act until after 31 October.It is important to note that an order of council can be passed by privy councillors – that is government ministers – without involving Her Majesty the Queen. I should warn the prime minister that – if this route is taken – it will be in flagrant defiance of parliament and utterly disrespectful to the supreme court. It would be a piece of political chicanery that no one should ever forgive or forget. Major also accused Johnson of “wilfully” destroying the prospects of cross-agreement on Brexit with his Commons onslaught on the opposition. We’ll be mopping up all the reaction to Major’s speech and covering the other political developments today.

John Major says Boris Johnson has 'destroyed' chances of opposition support for a deal

Sir John Major
27 September 2019
The New European
Major said Johnson was whipping up "fear and anger" for electoral purposes - a tactic he described as "profoundly un-Conservative".In a speech to the Centre for European Reform, Sir John said he feared the government could try to bypass the so-called Benn Act by an executive Order in Council, suspending it until after October 31 when the UK is set to leave the EU."I should warn the prime minister that - if this route is taken - it will be in flagrant defiance of parliament and utterly disrespectful to the Supreme Court," he said.

Sex i fara när von der Leyens lag ska grillas

27 September 2019
Dagens Nyheter
Tidigare har det funnits en informell pakt mellan parlamentets två stora politiska grupper, kristdemokratiska EPP och socialdemokratiska S&D, att inte ge sig på varandras kandidater. I och med att parlamentet blev mer splittrat efter valet är den tiden förbi, enligt forskaren Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska.

Dominic Cummings: do not be surprised by Brexit anger

Sir John Major
27 September 2019
The Irish Times
Former prime minister John Major, who has condemned Johnson’s pugilistic approach to politics, has warned on that the government may still try to use “political chicanery” to bypass the order for a delay. Major has warned that 10 Downing Street’s current incumbent could seek to subvert the Hilary Benn act, which requires the prime minister to seek an extension to the Brexit withdrawal date beyond October 31st if a withdrawal agreement has not been ratified by then.

No 10 dismisses John Major's fears it could circumvent Benn Act

Sir John Major
27 September 2019
The Guardian
Boris Johnson’s spokesman has insisted the government does not recognise a plan that Sir John Major warned could be used to circumvent the Benn Act, which is aimed at forcing the prime minister to seek a Brexit extension. ...Major had said he feared the government would try to bypass the act through an order of council. “It is important to note that an order of council can be passed by privy councillors – that is government ministers – without involving HM the Queen,” he told the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

Boris Johnson could bypass key law blocking no-deal Brexit by issuing order to suspend it, John Major warns

Sir John Major
26 September 2019
The Independent
Boris Johnson may be planning to bypass a law blocking a no-deal Brexit by issuing an order to suspend it until after the scheduled date of Britain’s EU withdrawal on 31 October, former prime minister Sir John Major has warned.The order could be passed by ministers acting in the Privy Council without the involvement of parliament or the Queen, said Sir John, who denounced the tactic as “a piece of political chicanery that no one should ever forgive or forget”.

Johnson defends language after criticism from MPs

Sir John Major
26 September 2019
BBC News
Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major has criticised Mr Johnson and warned that a "general election would solve nothing" in the Brexit crisis.Mr Johnson has been calling for an early general election, but under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act he needs the support of two-thirds of MPs. He has twice failed to achieve this.Speaking to the Centre for European Reform, Sir John said an election "would merely fuel the current feeling of disillusionment and disunity".

Johnson calls for tempers to cool after MPs slam his 'inflammatory' Brexit language

Sir John Major
26 September 2019
ITV News
Former Tory Prime Minister John Major has accused Mr Johnson of “wilfully” destroying the prospects of cross-agreement on Brexit after the language row, and turning the Tory party into a “Brexit party tribute band”.“Most Conservatives are not a Brexit Party tribute band, nor have we abandoned our core values to find compromise, seek allies, and strive for unity, rather than division and disarray,” he said in a speech for the Centre for European Reform.

Exclusive: Government plan to invoke EU law's supremacy to ensure Brexit on Halloween

Sir John Major
26 September 2019
City A.M
Former Prime Minister and Remain campaigner Sir John Major gave a speech saying he believed the plan was to “bypass Statute Law, by passing an Order of Council to suspend the Act until after 31 October.” He told attendees at a Centre for European Reform event, held at the Spanish Embassy: “It is important to note that an Order of Council can be passed by Privy Councillors – that is Government Ministers – without involving HM The Queen.”

Dominic Cummings: MPs who refuse to accept Leave vote should not be 'surprised' about anger building against them

Sir John Major
26 September 2019
The Telegraph
Sir John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, said a general election would be “pointless” in the current climate and “would be likely to become the most unsavoury election of modern times”. Speaking at the Centre For European Reform in London, he said: “All parties profess to believe an election is necessary to clear the air. I disagree. “Until Brexit is resolved, a general election would solve nothing.  It would merely fuel the current feeling of disillusionment and disunity.  Far from healing the nation, it would scratch away at open wounds.

Sir John Major warns Boris Johnson could use 'political chicanery' to force through no-deal Brexit

Sir John Major
26 September 2019
Politics Home
Boris Johnson could resort to "political chicanery" to bypass a law designed to stop a no-deal Brexit, Sir John Major has claimed. He said the Prime Minister could use a so-called "Order of Council" to avoid implementing the legislation until after 31 October.Sir John said Mr Johnson could carry out the move through the Privy Council, meaning Parliament would not be able to block it.That way, the PM could meet his "do or die" pledge to have the UK out of the EU by Hallowe'en.

Trade on a low-carbon diet

26 September 2019
Financial Times
One of the more creative attempts to solve this problem was published this week by the redoubtable Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform. In Big Sam’s proposal, the CBT would be linked to the costs of buying carbon permits under the EU’s emissions trading scheme. A foreign exporter to the EU would have to pay a border tax equivalent to the cost of buying emissions permits to produce the same good inside the Single Market.

Podcast du jour

26 September 2019
Financial Times
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska and Sophia Besch of the Centre for European Reform walk through the who’s who in Ursula’s von der Leyen’s incoming European Commission.

A landing zone for an orderly Brexit

26 September 2019
Financial Times
The Centre for European Reform’s Sam Lowe analyses the idea of a “carbon border tax” — a tariff on the CO2 content of imports — for the EU, a proposal that is rapidly moving to the centre of European trade policy debates.

Taxing times

25 September 2019
Financial Times
Taxing times It’s complicated, potentially illegal, and politically sensitive but Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform has some ideas on how the EU can design a well-functioning carbon border tax.

Who should hold Europe's arms?

25 September 2019
Project Syndicate
Although the EU has one of the world's strongest arms-export frameworks, the rules are not enforced. If Europe is to have any chance of deepening defense co-operation, let alone creating a defense union, that must change.

Everything you need to know about the UK Supreme Court ruling

25 September 2019
Politico
“[The court ruling] doesn’t make a big impact on the outcome of Brexit in the long run," Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think tank, said. "What matters most is whether Boris can get a deal with the EU27."

Bloomberg: CER's Springford: Court judgementmakes deal harder for Johnson

25 September 2019
Boris Johnson’s authority has been badly damaged by the Supreme Court verdict, according to John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, and that makes EU leaders less likely to make concessions in the negotiations. He tells Daybreak Europe’s Nejra Cehic and Roger Hearing an extension beyond October 31 to get a deal from Brussels is now a bit more likely.

Where Boris Johnson went wrong

25 September 2019
Politico
After his chastening defeat in the Supreme Court, Johnson may think twice about trying to defy the law a second time by simply refusing to abide by the Benn Act, said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think tank.