However, it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to convince voluble Labour MPs to vote for it. That would have been very unsatisfactory for a bill of such constitutional importance. In fact, the Wild Animals in Circuses Act 2019 would have received the same review in the House of Commons as proposed for the withdrawal agreement. To continue rubbing the salt, the bill was not published until Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. only before the start of the second reading debate and about 24 hours before the scheduled start of the committee period. The bill is 110 pages long and the accompanying documents are more than 300 pages long. This is not an appropriate way to examine such an important piece of legislation. Rushed invoices and ill-thought-outs lead to incorrect legislation. This is particularly important for matters of constitutional importance, as they often deal with issues of power and where it is located. Unsurprisingly, the program request was rejected on Tuesday by 322 votes to 308. Immediately after the third vote, May had to ask the EU for another extension of Article 50, another great political humiliation. In the local and European elections in May 2019, the Conservatives were unusually misunderstood.
With the government`s central policy in disarray and his party disintegrating, the Prime Minister announced his resignation on 24 May 2019. Footnote 6 These events led the government to present the withdrawal agreement on Monday in an attempt to introduce the bill into the registers as quickly as possible so that the EU can ratify the agreement before the current deadline of 31 October. Members who voted on the withdrawal agreement in the three relevant votes may be divided between those who also served in Parliament in 2015 and therefore acted as representatives at the time of the referendum and those who were not members of the previous legislative branch (i.e. those who entered the House of Commons in 2017). If the positions of Members in the referendum were strategically chosen to meet the preferences of constituencies, we suspect that the incentive would be much stronger for those who were already Members at the time of the referendum.