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Old 19.03.2019, 07:58
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I think you are. Erskine May is just a guidebook to parliamentary procedure. It's not a specific precedent or legal ruling, or even a set of rules. The book is used all the time, in that the way parliament operates day to day is laid out in Erskine May.

To give you an idea of how much it's used, the book's 25th edition is coming up this year. The first was in 1844, so on average it's revised every seven years. That would be a lot of work for a book that wasn't opened very often !
In that case, itís somewhat unbelievable that nobody in government saw the Speakerís announcement coming. Table an almost identical motion for a third time within a short period and expect no eyebrows to be raised?

I donít blame him, to be honest, but he did seem to be enjoying his moment in the spotlight and the potential for his spot in history.
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