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Campaigners said the move would ensure that Boris Johnson fully complied with the Benn Act.

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. The additional letter he sent to the EU expressed his spoken opinion in written form, it did not threaten any of the governments of the EU or the EU itself with deliberate future disadvantage or retalliation if they should grant an extension. The letter only served the purpose of distancing the PM personally and politically from the extension request letter, the same reason why he also didn't sign the request letter. The letter was still accepted by the EU as an extension request from the UK government.

We're already on shaky ground with the minority parties in Parliament taking over the running of the country under force of law. The ground is really going to start to rumble if opposition to that control is also prevented by force of law.


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2019-37-Mo 05:37:55 am

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. It's known that it isn't government policy to extend beyond 31 October and he's the head of the government. If parliament are now writing laws that gag the PM of an elected government and the courts are enforcing those laws it seems that we're heading for very interesting times.

2019-41-Mo 05:41:03 am

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. The additional letter he sent to the EU expressed his spoken opinion in written form, it did not threaten any of the governments of the EU or the EU itself with deliberate future disadvantage or retalliation. Without a threatened course of action for not complying with the PM's wishes the letter he sent would have had no power to influence whether the EU grants an extension or not if they see an advantage for the EU or themselves in doing so.

It's known that it isn't government policy to extend beyond 31 October and he's the head of the government. If parliament are now writing laws that they believe capable of gagging the PM of an elected government and if the courts are willing to enforce that expectation then it seems we're heading for some very interesting times.

2019-43-Mo 05:43:12 am

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. The additional letter he sent to the EU expressed his spoken opinion in written form, it did not threaten any of the governments of the EU or the EU itself with deliberate future disadvantage or retalliation if they should grant an extension. The letter only served the purpose of distancing the PM from the extension request letter.

It's known that it isn't government policy to extend beyond 31 October and he's the head of the government. If parliament are now writing laws that they believe capable of gagging the PM of an elected government and if the courts are willing to enforce that expectation then it seems we're heading for some very interesting times.

2019-54-Mo 05:54:39 am

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. The additional letter he sent to the EU expressed his spoken opinion in written form, it did not threaten any of the governments of the EU or the EU itself with deliberate future disadvantage or retalliation if they should grant an extension. The letter only served the purpose of distancing the PM from the extension request letter.

It's known that it isn't government policy to extend beyond 31 October and Boris is the head of the government. If parliament are now writing laws that they believe capable of gagging the PM of an elected government and if the courts are willing to enforce that expectation then it seems we're heading for some very interesting times.

2019-56-Mo 05:56:32 am

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. The additional letter he sent to the EU expressed his spoken opinion in written form, it did not threaten any of the governments of the EU or the EU itself with deliberate future disadvantage or retalliation if they should grant an extension. The letter only served the purpose of distancing the PM from the extension request letter, the same reason why he didn't sign it. The letter was still accepted by the EU as an extension request from the UK government.

Parliament are well aware that extending beyond 31 October is not government policy. We're already on shaky ground with the minority parties in Parliament taking over the running of the country under force of law. The ground is really going to start to rumble if opposition to that control is prevented by force of law.

2019-00-Mo 06:00:53 am

The law forced him to write the extension request letter, it didn't force him to like the idea and it certainly didn't prevent him from saying so because he hasn't stopped saying so. The additional letter he sent to the EU expressed his spoken opinion in written form, it did not threaten any of the governments of the EU or the EU itself with deliberate future disadvantage or retalliation if they should grant an extension. The letter only served the purpose of distancing the PM from the extension request letter, the same reason why he didn't sign it. The letter was still accepted by the EU as an extension request from the UK government.

We're already on shaky ground with the minority parties in Parliament taking over the running of the country under force of law. The ground is really going to start to rumble if opposition to that control is also prevented by force of law.

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