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[b]D-Day for Boris as Parliament debates and votes on the Prime Minister's new leaving agreement[/b]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50092301

MP's are sitting today (Saturday) in order to debate and vote on what Johnson calls the final agreement before Britain is due to leave the E:U on October 31st.

The BBC reports that this vote will be close and that Johnson seems confident of winning. But doesn't really shed much light on why they think so. Given the fact that Johnson suspended his majority after the last one.

One wonders just what exactly he'll have had to promise the 'dissenters' to suddenly make them change their minds from 'Remainers' to 'Leavers'.

There are 287 Conservative MP's. In order to win the vote Johnson will need 320. So assuming everybody follows 'party lines' it's going to be interesting to see where and why 33 non-Tories would agree to a deal which is virtually the same as Theresa May's which was soundly rejected three times in The Commons.

The fate of the whole country and probably an entire generation could hang on who these 33 are and why they vote the way they do.

Also worrying is the number of MP's who will vote today but have already declared they won't be standing for election next year.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcnews
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So many are not standing for re-election because they know they won't be re-elected. Particularly remainers in leave constituencies

If the deal is rejected it may strengthen Boris position come the election as he can say he brought back a deal and Labour rejected it so they will own the 'betrayed the result of the referendum' territory
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[@448576,Picklebobble2] It wasn't just his bank benchers though. UKIP had stormed the European elections in 2014 and Farage was riding the crest of a wave. Cameron feared a massive defection of Euro skeptics. Not just that though Cameron felt the EU were just steam rolling their own agenda and the UK were being sidelined as we were not a Euro Zone member
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
[@997084,PrincessK] And nothing would have changed had everything gone to HIS plan.
Britain will ALWAYS be sidelined BECAUSE we STILL don't want further integration and we STILL don't want the Euro.
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[@448576,Picklebobble2] The Euro has been a total flop. But none Euro Zone countries were forced into the bail out programme
MartinII · 70-79, M
Saturday is of course tomorrow, but Remainers often have difficulty with facts. (Sorry, couldn’t resist that - nothing personal intended.)

In my view all those MPs who claim to have been campaigning against a no deal exit have a duty to vote for the deal now that there is one. If they don’t, they will be exposed as hypocrites.
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
[@268418,MartinII] This is what happens when you work too many hours.
You keep one eye on the news and no eyes on the calendar !
You're right of course !

I can't see that it's enough. When you get to this stage and you're STILL looking to try and persuade your OWN party ....
I really can't see that removal of the 'backstop' (which is essentially all that's different from May's deal) will be enough to convince Parliament let alone the electorate.

It seems a really risky strategy just to fulfill a referendum result.

 
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