Guto Bebb, the Conservative MP for Aberconwy and former defence minister, has today announced his support for the People’s Vote campaign.
He is the latest to join a growing list of Conservative MPs who support a People’s Vote on the terms of Brexit, including Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston, Justine Greening and Philip Lee.
Momentum is building behind the idea of a People’s Vote on Brexit, with polls showing growing support for the campaign across the country and in Parliament.
Guto Bebb will officially confirm his support at the People’s Vote Wales rally later today, which will start at 14:00 at the Glee Club in Cardiff.
At the rally, Guto Bebb MP, supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, is expected to say:
“I voted remain but I accepted that the country voted differently. As such, I supported the Prime Minister as a whip and minister for over two years. However, the Brexit that is being delivered today could not be further from what was promised. With the hardline Brexiters threatening to vote down any deal, and a deal is crucial for jobs and business, we now face gridlock in parliament, and the growing risk of a disastrous no deal Brexit.
“I resigned from the Government because I could not, in good conscience, support amendments offered by the ERG group, which were not in the best interests of the people I was sent to Westminster to represent. They were, as the ERG acknowledge, a deliberate attempt to undermine the Prime Minister and our negotiations with the EU.
“As such, I have concluded that the people of this country have every right to look at the Brexit terms on offer, if any, and to decide whether or not they are good enough. That’s why today I am announcing my support for the People’s Vote campaign as a clear check on the efforts of hard Brexit advocates to hold the Government to ransom.
“Brexit is a big deal, but it’s not yet a done deal. And the path we take now will affect the future of our country for generations to come. That’s why it’s not good enough for ministers to decide something behind closed doors, seemingly caring more about the ideological whims of 'no deal' Brexit advocates than the concerns of employers and workers.
“We need a People’s Vote on the terms of Brexit to ensure that a Brexit deal, if secured, represents the needs of people in Wales and the UK and not the narrow interests of a Westminster based group of ideological purists.
“I will continue to support the PM whilst she strives to secure a deal but she needs the backstop of popular support - not the 40 votes of jobs-destroying no deal Brexit MPs. That's why I’ll be campaigning for a final decision on the deal to be a decision made by the people not politicians.
“Rydym angen rhoi pleidlais i’r bobl ar delerau Brexit er mwyn sicrhau y bydd unrhyw gytundeb a gawn yn cynrychioli anghenion pobl Cymru a’r Deyrnas Unedig yn hytrach na syniadau grŵp ideolegol cul a digyfaddawd yn San Steffan.
Byddaf yn parhau i gefnogi’r Prif Weinidog tra bydd yn ymdrechu i sicrhau’r cytundeb gorau bosibl, ond mae angen cefnogaeth dorfol arni – nid pleidleisiau 40 o Aelodau Seneddol sydd â’u bryd ar chwalu unrhyw obaith am gytundeb a swyddi. Dyna pam y byddaf yn ymgyrchu o blaid rhoi’r bleidlais derfynol ar y cytundeb i’r bobl yn hytrach na’r gwleidyddion.”
Notes to editors
Details on the People’s Vote Wales rally in Cardiff:
1230Hrs Doors Open, speeches start at 1400Hrs, Saturday 8 September 2018
Glee Club, Unit 7a, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ
There is a car park close by the venue at Mermaid Quay Car Park. There is no car parking at the venue itself. For technical queries about the venue please email (both) firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Full speaker line-up:
- Compere: Mitch Benn
- Owen Smith, Labour MP for Pontypridd
- Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
- Hywel Williams MP, MP for Arfon, and Plaid Cymru Brexit spokesman
- Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy
- Helen Wales, Cardiff for Europe campaigner
- Stephen Doughty MP, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth
- Gwyneth Sweatman, NUS Wales President
- Sally Stephenson, Local business owner
- Helen Rogers, Director for Wales at the Royal College of Midwives
- Carmen Smith, For our Future’s Sake (FFS) campaigner
- Geraint Talfan Davies, Wales for Europe