Commenting on the Government’s defeat tonight, former deputy leader of the House of Commons and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, Chris Bryant MP, said:
“Tonight, MPs have once again shown there is no majority for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit - and no appetite for the kind of brinkmanship that the Government has attempted to use to shore up backing for its proposed deal.
“It's becoming clearer every day that parliament does have a clear view - against the so-called deal, against a chaotic no-deal exit, against another stitch up and tomorrow Parliament will have the opportunity to underline that position by supporting an extension of the Brexit deadline. The length of this is less important than the purpose, which must be to show both the country and the EU that we want to provide the clarity that has been sorely lacking in these tortuous two-and-a-half years of vexed negotiations. Instead of pretending, as advocates of different Brexit options still do, that we can negotiate a deal which delivers the benefits of EU membership while being free to choose which rules to follow, we now need to give such schemes the sober and forensic analysis they deserve.
“When these real costs and new facts are properly scrutinised during an extension period, MPs will also have the chance to consider whether it’s only fair to give the public a real say and new vote – or to force Brexit on the British people regardless. The case for a new vote is getting clearer by the day which is why hundreds of thousands will be on the streets of London on Saturday, March 23, demanding that any Brexit deal is put to the people.”