On Wednesday Parliament voted to take a disastrous no-deal Brexit off the table. Last night Parliament voted 412 to 202 to extend Article 50 to achieve this.
I was disappointed that motions to give Parliament a chance to state what sort of Brexit deal it wants were unsuccessful. However, David Lidington gave assurances that these votes would be on 25th March. I didn’t vote for an amendment for a People’s Vote for the reasons set out in the letter below.
Parliament will vote again on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal next week. I hope that we will then see the Labour Party whip MPs to support the Kyle/Wilson amendment for a public vote. It is vital that the public has the chance to have their say on this fiasco which threatens jobs and public services.
Finally, 8 cabinet Ministers voted against the government motion to extend article 50, including Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay who closed the debate for the Government.
The next 2 weeks will be crucial for our country’s future. It is hypocrisy for the Prime Minister to deny the people their say on her deal when she has given herself 3 chances to get her MPs to back her deal.