First, a post from the Full Fact organisation . . .
Following Tuesday night’s parliamentary vote, (22 Oct 19), the Conservative Party claimed repeatedly on both Facebook and Twitter that “Boris’s Brexit deal has passed Parliament”.
The House of Commons passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill’s “second reading”. But this is just one early stage in the process of passing a Bill. It will then move onto “committee stage”, where MPs have the chance to examine the Bill in detail and add amendments to it.
It’s not helpful for the governing party to misrepresent the way legislation is passed in the UK, which is already a complex process that can be hard to follow, and risks unnecessary confusion among citizens.
This is wrong and unhelpful
UPDATE: Our fact check has since been featured on the front page of the Evening Standard.
And now, from the “Scotland in Europe” Newsletter . . .
“Amazingly the PM has said the Scottish Parliament has no role in approving the Bill even though the UK Government’s own explanatory notes list 17 instances where legislative consent from the Scottish Parliament is required.”
The Twitter references are published as images below. The print is quite small in the images, so it is probably better to follow the link to Twitter given above . . .
Faisal Islam is the, or an, Economics Editor at the BBC – an organisation which itself is frequently criticised for allegedly biased reporting these days.
Faisal Islam’s first tweet on the subject – above – and below an additional one plus his own correction . . .
I can remember no previous time in my life when the reporting and analysing of parliamentary lies has been so necessary, or so common. It is now necessary several times a week. Apropos Boris Johnson, some people think he is a liar, some think he cannot tell truth from untruth, others think he is simply not interested in mastering the detail of his job and so just wings it as he sees fit. He opens his mouth and words fall out, often incoherently and at random.