Commenting on the Government’s latest manoeuvres, Chris Bryant MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Just when we thought the Brexit chaos could not get worse, we are now confronted by this appalling behaviour by the Government. Parliament passed a law requiring the Government to get the approval of the House of Commons for both the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on our future relationship with the EU before Brexit could go ahead. Ministers are now flouting the spirit and perhaps the letter of that law.
“They are now engaged in an anti-democratic sleight of hand to deny Parliament the time needed to properly consider what form a final Brexit should take. Above all this is a legal manoeuvre designed to force its broken Brexit deal on our country and stop, at any cost, the British people having the final say on Brexit.
“Tomorrow, questions about its legality and whether the House of Commons will stand for this disgraceful behaviour will be answered. But it is already crystal clear that the government is now acting in utter contempt for Parliament and the principles of democracy itself.”