‘They Are Too Cowardly!’: Anti-Brexit MPs Taunted in House For Refusing General Election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, arrives at Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Lawmakers in Britain are returning to the House of Commons on Wednesday, following a Supreme Court ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted illegally by suspending Parliament. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The UK government used the first business of the resumed Parliament Wednesday to goad members who have persistently voted against both Brexit and submitting themselves to the scrutiny of the British people, calling the house a “dead Parliament” and its members “cowardly”.

The Attorney General, who had been under considerable pressure to resign his position after the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday dramatically turned the tables on the opposition Wednesday morning as repeated attempted blows from the benches failed to land.

As anti-Brexit members of the house lashed out at the government over perceived anti-democratic behaviour, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox told the house that while they were “cowardly” for running from the British public for now, there would soon come a day when the “turkeys” would be no longer able to postpone Christmas.

Cox’s already famously loud and deep voice surged as he furiously reminded the house of the two opportunities it had been given to call a general election which were rejected, and the three opportunities to pass Theresa May’s Brexit deal, also rejected. These circumstances being the case, he said, the government was left with no choice but to plough on with a no-deal Brexit.

On Parliament’s refusal to give the British people a say on the type of Brexit to go going forward with via the ballot box, having a variety of parties with differing views on the way ahead to choose from, Mr Cox told the house it had surrendered its right to legitimacy.

Excoriating the house, Cox said: “This Parliament is a dead Parliament. It should no longer sit.

“It has no moral right to sit upon these green benches… while they block 17.4 million people’s votes, this Parliament is a disgrace.”

The Attorney General’s metaphor of members of parliament being Turkeys unwilling to vote for Christmas follows a report on the same lines by Breitbart London earlier this month, laying out the much-changed political landscape which means for the first time in British history, the opposition no longer wants a general election and with it the opportunity to form a government.

Because Parliament now has the ability to prevent the mortally wounded government from calling a general election and ending the impasse in the house, the anti-Brexit opposition is able to effectively govern from the shadows, passing anti-Brexit legislation without having to go through the formalities of actually being in power.

The government is reported to be preparing to call for a general election once again in the coming days, and likely as soon as tomorrow, Thursday. It remains unlikely Parliament will agree to the demand.

Read the Attorney General’s remarks to the house:

Parliament has to determine the terms on which we leave but this parliament has declined three times to pass a withdrawal act which the opposition in relation to a withdrawal act had absolutely no objection to.

Then, we have a wide number of this house setting its face against leaving at all. And when this government draws the only logical inference from that position which is that it must leave therefore without any deal at all, it still sets its face denying the electorate a chance of havings its say in how this matter should be resolved.

This Parliament is a dead Parliament. It should no longer sit. It has no moral right to sit upon these green benches… they don’t like to hear it, Mr Speaker! They don’t like the truth! Twice they have been asked to let the electorate decide upon whether they should be allowed to sit in their seats while they block 17.4 million people’s votes, this Parliament is a disgrace.

Given the opportunity… they could vote no confidence at any time, but they are too cowardly. They could agree to a motion to allow this house to dissolve, but they are too cowardly. This Parliament should have the courage to face the electorate but it won’t. It won’t. Because so many of them are really all about preventing us leaving the European Union at all.

But the time is coming when even these Turkeys won’t be able to prevent Christmas.

If the honourable gentleman is so confident that his electorate will consider his moral right to sit here to be so strong, why doesn’t he submit it to them now? I offer this to the front bench of the Labour party — all we need is a one-line bill which we could put through with the Speaker’s help, fixing the date of the general election by a simple majority and we could have a general election.


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