Sajid Javid has insisted that Boris Johnson will not break the law, but neither will he ask the EU for an extension if, as expected, the bill received royal assent this week.
He told Andrew Marr, ‘We intend to invoke the Shrodinger’s Cat clause in the legislation which allows us to circumnavigate around the law while not technically breaking it.’
Asked how it would work he said, ‘we’ll have to wait and see’ but also said the government will not change its policy of leaving the EU on 31st October.
He described the strategy as ‘clever politics’ which will ‘give the leftie scum something to really think about,’ but was vague about exactly how the clause would work. However Bob Bobson, a senior aide to the prime minister, suggested it involves Boris locking himself away in a room, putting his fingers in his ears and shouting ‘La, la, la’ until 31st October so that, ‘while he won’t ask for the extension, he won’t actually know it’s been approved so technically he won’t be breaking the law.’
Experts have questioned whether it’s possible for one man to spend so long making no sense and not listening to anything other than his own voice, but Mr Bobson said he’s confident that Mr Johnson’s track record suggests he’ll be ‘just fine.’