Commenting on the decision taken by Parliament to reject the Government's attempt to fast track the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, Margaret Beckett, Co-Chair of the People’s Vote Political Committee, said:
"MPs have stood up to Boris Johnson’s attempt to bully them into ramming his Brexit law through Parliament with the minimum of scrutiny and no one should be taken in by the Prime Minister’s bluster that the vote to pass the Bill at second reading means he has MPs’ approval to force this on the people.
“Instead, Parliament has rightly said it needs the time to give it proper scrutiny and to table amendments which could make it less damaging to our country.
“And, like many on both sides of the House of Commons, I do not regard a General Election as any way to decide an issue of this magnitude. It would confuse Brexit with every other issue under the sun and could well merely result in another hung parliament. It would neither end the chaos – or the arguments.
“The only democratic way to settle this once and for all is through a confirmatory referendum that offers a clear choice between the best Brexit deal Parliament can agree or staying in the European Union."