When Parliament returns from recess on the 7th of September, they have only two scheduled debates for the week: a bill regarding the EU Referendum and the Finance Bill. However, we would be foolish to presume that these two bills are the only ones to be on the agenda for discussion. With the current migrant crisis, which has now reached the doors of the EU, Parliament will be dominated by this issue in the coming weeks and, in particular, Prime Minister Cameron’s refusal to expand the council budget to accommodate incoming migrants and refugees. Indeed, this crisis might well be the make or break moment for Cameron, but with his approach thus far it seems he might well suffer for remaining out of touch and heartless.
Also, in addition to the EU Referendum Bill, we will without doubt see an expanded discussion of the position and place of the EU with regards to the issue mentioned above. The current migrant crisis, which can only be described as a human tragedy, has opened up the flaws and strengths in the EU and the proponents of both sides of the argument will be quick to utilise the issue as a means to forward their message with regards to the referendum.
With the news in the week heralding a rise in the support – once more – for the Scottish independence, we might indeed see a renewed discussion on the devolved powers and the future of the secession for all the members of the United Kingdom. I have no doubt that the SNP will be quick to exploit this ‘fact’ in the coming weeks especially if Alex Salmond is keen to push forward the issue once more.
The Labour leadership contest will have resolved itself by the end of the week as well, which will no doubt result in the reconsolidation of the direction of Labour, the current majority constituent element of the Opposition. Depending on who is elected as Labour leader, we may also see a change in the path which the government takes to combat a potentially more invigorated and potent Opposition.
In any case, David Cameron will not be returning to a slow start: it’ll be straight in at the deep end.
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