Commenting on the resignation of Sarah Newton as a DWP minister and the Government’s tabling of a new motion in Parliament on extending the Brexit deadline, Guto Bebb MP, a leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:
“Tonight another government minister has resigned on principle rather than be part of a process designed to browbeat Parliament into accepting a broken Brexit that the whole country knows fails to honour the promises of 2016 and would leave people poorer.
“But, within minutes of losing key votes on this issue, the Government has decided to deploy a new false threat. The effort to turn a necessary and sensible extension to the Brexit deadline into a bogeyman that will scare MPs back into line is both irresponsible and unedifying. It deserves to be treated with the same contempt that greeted previous efforts to browbeat or blackmail MPs into supporting a Brexit deal that neither they nor the country want.
“When Parliament has given the scrutiny to the real cost and downsides of different forms of Brexit that each such proposal deserves, more and more people will conclude that new facts mean we should have a new say.”