In the wake of the Prime Minister’s speech inside Downing Street last night, two leading supporters of the People’s Vote campaign today say that they believe her remarks have spectacularly backfired amongst parliamentary colleagues.
Dominic Grieve QC MP, the former Attorney General, said:
“I do not believe that the Prime Minister’s statement last night will have persuaded a single MP to support a reckless strategy that contrary to our national interest and our democratic tradition.
“Simply browbeating MPs into submission serves no purpose at all. It brings us the Government, Parliament and democracy itself into contempt.
“When the Prime Minister speaks of ‘the people,’ I strongly advise her to look out of the Downing Street window on Saturday where many thousands of them will be marching shoulder to shoulder with MPs like me. All of us will be united by single demand that whatever the outcome is of his dreadful and dysfunctional process, it must be put to the people.”
Pat McFadden MP, the former Business Minister, said:
“Last night's statement from the Prime Minister was not only badly misjudged but also reckless. It is deeply irresponsible to play the people versus Parliament as she has done repeatedly over the past week. It has gone down like a lead balloon among MPs that Downing Street thinks it can browbeat into supporting her Brexit deal. And it undermines the nature of our parliamentary democracy where it is the essential job of elected representatives to exercise their judgements and cast their votes and then be answerable to the voters for how they have done so.
“It is a sad testament on where our politics has reached that the defence of Parliamentary democracy now comes from backbench MPs rather than the leader of our country. The Prime Minister invokes a monolithic view of "the people" but steadfastly refuses to ask people for their views on her deal. On Saturday, I will join hundreds of thousands of people in calling for this decision to end as it began - by putting it to the people.”