Friday 12 July 2019 - People's Vote

Friday 12 July 2019

Morning Briefing: Join the People's Vote campaign in Uxbridge on Sunday

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry calls for People's Vote supporters to join her in Boris Johnson's constituency of Uxbridge on Sunday at our Let Us Be Heard rally.

Having faced both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt across the dispatch box, she is horrified by the prospect of a destructive No Deal or reckless hard Brexit that has no legitimacy being forced on us.

She will be among the speakers to give democratic voice against Brexit being forced on us. Join us to let the favourite for the Conservative leadership election know that we need to be heard. Please note, the venue has been moved to Oak Wood School.

Commons sit-in warning as MPs prepare to block Parliament suspension

MPs are planning to stage a House of Commons “sit-in” in a bid to block any Boris Johnson move to suspend Parliament and force through a disastrous No Deal by October 31.

The HuffPost said that Chancellor Philip Hammond expects MPs and Speaker John Bercow to attempt to keep the House open even if Mr Johnson attempts to prorogue – suspend – parliamentary business.

Mr Hammond has said he will do all in his power to stop a catastrophic No Deal and is predicted to become leader of a rebel group “once he is sacked”.

Current business secretary Greg Clark joined the senior Conservatives pushing back on Mr Johnson, warning that many thousands of jobs would be lost through No Deal. He implored colleagues to “strain every sinew” to avoid it.

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes from MPs fearful of the actions likely to be taken by Mr Johnson if and when he becomes prime minister, while senior Conservative leaders have warned against such a drastic step. Sir John Major even threatened to go to a judicial review to block any move to suspend parliament.

And Labour are planning to table amendments in the House of Lords around a Northern Ireland bill to stop the Government proroguing parliament.

The idea that our elected representatives may opt to sit-in the House of Commons as a protest against the moves of a British government seems incredible. But these are extraordinary times: the only solution to the debacle is a People’s Vote to give everyone the final say on their future.

TV interviews are no replacement for democracy 

The Conservative leadership contenders face perhaps their toughest test today when they are interviewed on TV by heavyweight Andrew Neil.

But no matter how hard pressed they are by the grand inquisitor, the fact is the people can only watch this contest and not take part: the decision about our future in Europe is in the hands of just 0.25% of the population and democracy has nothing to do with it.

The new prime minister will have no mandate from the vast majority in the country to make some of the biggest decisions seen for generations.

As Theresa May told the Daily Mail, she thought the toughest part of the Brexit negotiations would be with Europe, not with Parliament where lifetime Brexit supporters refused to back her.

DUP accepts No Deal would be disastrous for Northern Ireland

The Democratic Unionist Party accepts that No Deal would be disastrous for Northern Ireland, after a report warned that 40,000 jobs could be at risk.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, one of the MPs providing a confidence and supply to the minority Conservative government, said the DUP are discussing a Brexit deal with the aim of addressing the backstop issue.

A Department of the Economy report said many jobs would disappear “overnight”, including in agriculture and haulage.

Guto Bebb MP warned the DUP that any Brexit deal is likely to focus on a Northern Ireland-only backstop, cutting Northern Ireland out of the UK's single market and potentially weakening the union.

The only effective alternative to either No Deal or an economic border in the Irish Sea, he said, was a People's Vote.

It's clear that Brexit must be put to the people. Now is a crucial time to get involved with the People's Vote campaign. Sign up to volunteer today. 

Quote of the Day

"It's many thousands of jobs. Everyone knows that. I think that every person who considers the evidence that companies have given, whether it's in the automotive sector, whether it's in the food sector, whether it's in aerospace, whether it's in industries up and down the country.

"You know if you become less efficient and your ability to trade is impeded then of course losing your competitiveness means that there will be jobs that will be lost."

Business secretary Greg Clark tells Sky that a destructive No Deal will be a catastrophe for the economy and warns MPs to "strain every sinew" to block it.

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People's Vote campaign news

Local People’s Vote campaigners will be out again this weekend spreading the word about a People’s Vote in their local communities. In High Wycombe there will be a huge door to door leafleting event in order to grow support in the area, and in Darlington there will be a community meeting to discuss the next steps for the campaign locally. New volunteers welcome.

Along with events in Truro, Bradford, Aylesbury, Lichfield and elsewhere, there is plenty to get involved with this weekend! Join an event near you.

More Brexit news

DUP say No Deal could affect Northern Ireland economy (BBC News)

MPs plan sit-in to block Johnson No Deal plan (HuffPost)

Amber Rudd embraces No Deal (Guardian)

Tory voters wait for big test (The Times £)

Theresa May blames Brexiters for her failure (Mail)

Top Brexit comment...

Cathleen Clarke: Labour's Brexit agreement is a nonsense (Independent)