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Before recapping to Wednesday’s Brexit activity, anyone resident in Britain who wants the UK to Leave with No Deal on April 12 should sign this petition, which has only around 226,000 signatures:

Leave the EU Without a deal on April 12th.

The Government are right when they say that exiting the EU is the “will of the people”

Despite the best efforts of the political classes and media establishment the “silent majority” still wish to leave the EU.

If Mrs May’s deal is rejected again we should leave the EU on April 12 with No deal.

Following on from yesterday’s Brexit Chronicles instalment, while Prime Minister Theresa May met with Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn …

… Labour MP Yvette Cooper’s Bill No. 5 designed to prevent No Deal and to extend Brexit negotiations for a long period of time passed the House.

As I write on Thursday afternoon, it is now in the House of Lords.

Speaker of the House John Bercow, a Remainer, was not wrong: the legislation did indeed pass the House in one day.

As Leaver Conservative MPs warned Remainers during the debate: act in haste, repent at leisure.

Remainer Conservative Oliver Letwin, spokesman for the bill, smiled superciliously at the warnings.

BrexitCentral has a short and sweet summary of Wednesday afternoon’s debate.

QC (Queen’s Counsel) Jolyon Maugham was incandescent:

Jo Maugham drafted his own replacement bill which closes the loopholes; whether Remainers will look at it is another question. Doubtful, at this point, if the Cooper-Letwin bill is already with the Lords.

Late last night, the third reading of Bill No. 5 passed — by one vote:

Guido Fawkes summed up the final moments after the vote. Rightly or wrongly, Conservative Leaver Mark Francois quoted our Lord, to the ridicule of Remainers:

Guido reported (emphases in the original):

Rampant Remainers succeeded in ramming an entire Bill through the House of Commons in under 6 hours yesterday – predictably the process was an utter shambles, MPs had no idea which amendments were which, report stage and a third reading debate were entirely skipped and the Bill was so poorly drafted in the first place that Jolyon almost had a meltdown

After the hours of chaos, Yvette Cooper only succeeded in getting her Bill through by a single vote, 313-312. Any number of MPs have been singled out as the guilty party, 20 Tories including 17 former ministers either rebelled or abstained. Literally guilty Fiona Onasanya traipsed through the Aye lobby complete with electronic ankle tag…

Ultimately it changes little, May was always going to seek a longer extension at next week’s European Council in the circumstances anyway. Conspiracy theories that May’s Corbyn pitch is a trap or trick to run down the clock are operating in a parallel universe. Make no mistake, Number 10 is in total chaos and acting purely out of desperation now. May’s long-term strategy was always to trigger an 11th hour crisis in the hope of bouncing MPs – she never for a minute anticipated that it would be so utterly out of her own control…

I was amazed that this MP was even allowed to vote. However, she is on the list of Independents who voted for Cooper’s bill:

Guido reported:

… it turns out that Onasanya didn’t just go through the aye lobby with her electronic angle tag, potentially in violation of her curfew. She was actually there fresh from yet another appearance in court…

One of her former caseworkers, Jan Goodenough, has taken Onasanya to tribunal over alleged disability discrimination. Goodenough told Cambridge County Court yesterday that she was unfairly treated by Onasanya and that promises were not kept over close access to a toilet at Onasanya’s constituency office in Peterborough. The recall petition in Peterborough is still ongoing for several weeks. Her constituents should find out by Monday if their disgraced MP has fallen foul of the law again…

File under ‘Developing’, although I suspect it will not matter in the end.

Jo Maugham QC has more on the Cooper bill, citing a Downing Street spokesman who says that it could make No Deal more likely, even though it is specifically designed to prevent that outcome:

EU officials are watching British developments closely. This is what our EU liaison Michel Barnier had to say today:

It looks as if a Leave contingent in the Lords tried to filibuster the debate surrounding Bill No. 5:

How apposite that a peer by the name of Lord True speaks up for Leavers:

As this Leave supporter says, neither House has any idea how betrayed the 52% of referendum voters feel:

Contrary to what Remainers have been saying, most Leavers wanted a clear-cut No Deal on WTO terms.

Leavers knew that joining a Customs Union would make the UK a vassal state, being even further under the yoke of the EU with no vote and no veto in Brussels. That would be a worse outcome than remaining as a member of the EU, as we are now.

PM May’s ‘deal’ is actually a treaty, which would be difficult to back out of.

If No Deal does not happen and none of the proposed options is palatable, a second referendum on Parliament’s proposals is definitely in order. In that scenario, Remain would be the only sensible answer.

More next week.

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