International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson have been attempting to cajole MPs into backing the Government’s Brexit deal.
Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“There is an air of desperation in the latest ministerial pronouncements on Brexit. Liam Fox looks ridiculous blustering about ‘bonds of trust’, particularly when he is trying to force a deal over the line that breaks every promise made for Brexit. At the same time, Gavin Williamson’s claims that Brexit would allow the UK to build bases in the Far East or the Caribbean betray an ignorance of military strategy that is worrying in a Defence Secretary.
“The truth is that the Government’s Brexit deal is in trouble because, no matter which way you voted in 2016, nobody voted for a deal that makes you poorer and offers less control. Instead, this proposed Brexit deal delivers the exact opposite of what was promised: the UK would lose all its rights as an EU member – with less trade, fewer opportunities and lower living standards – while suffering the biggest loss of sovereignty and control in British history.
“There is no kind of fantasy Brexit deal that can meet all the promises made. The real choice now is whether to go ahead with a Brexit deal or stick with the deal we already have as members of the EU. Now we know what Brexit looks like, the public should be given the opportunity to decide in a People’s Vote – is this the kind of deal we want, or is the deal we already have in the EU better? In the end, only the people can sort this out.”