Government of national unity announced
Steve Beauchampe has drawn attention to an announcement on the BBC and Sky News a few minutes ago (sorry, no link yet). Hope all the details are correct:
After talks late last night with ‘senior Con and Lab figures’ , a government of national unity is to be established to help get the country through the growing Brexit crisis. In conjunction with Privy Council, Speaker Bercow is to use powers invested in him by the Emergency Powers Act 1939 and parliament is to be prorogued with immediate effect with May and Corbyn effectively sidelined to help expedite these moves.
Revocation of Article 50 is to be temporarily suspended until at least December 31st 2020.
Now the real shocker: Tony Blair is to be fast-tracked back into parliament via peerage to lead, joined by Dominic Grieve, Philip Hammond, Jeremy Hunt, Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna and Oliver Letwin, Other names being mentioned include Lord Adonis, the new Lord (David) Miliband, Amber Rudd, Jo Swinson and Sir Vince Cable of the Lib Dems. Caroline Lucas and Jess Philips. The SNP will join but no representative has been named yet; no mention of DUP.
On Tuesday Blair and Grieve will fly to Brussels for urgent talks and to inform the EU that any future UK referendum would require a two-thirds majority in favour of Leave for change to take effect.
Emergency COBRA meeting will be convened in an hour, police leave cancelled and patrols stepped up in major cities, army on standby but NOT on the streets.
The Queen has reluctantly agreed on grounds of national security. Blair to address nation this evening.
Oh nearly forgot, happy April 1st.