Commenting on the suggestion that ministers could legitimately seek to ignore a Parliamentary vote in favour of a People’s Vote, Lord (John) Kerr, architect of Article 50, former head of the UK’s diplomatic service and leading supporter of a People’s Vote, said:
“Should Parliament vote to block the Brexit deal, parliamentary support for a People's Vote as a way of resolving this mess will only grow.
“It would be a massive case of executive overreach for the Government to claim they were not bound by a decision of Parliament on a matter as serious as this. I am certain, if that were ever to happen, that Parliament would act to make it clear that ministers have a duty of accountability to the elected House and that any attempt to resist the will of the Commons would quickly collapse.
“Ministers are trying to deceive MPs into believing that they will face a binary choice between accepting whatever deal the Government brings back or crashing out of the EU with no deal.
“This is simply not true. As we outlined in our Roadmap to a People’s Vote report, MPs will have a number of opportunities to express its view on this matter, and events over the coming months may create further possibilities.
“For the Government to try to ignore the will of our sovereign Parliament would be to roll back 400 years of history. It wouldn't end well."
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The People’s Vote “Roadmap to a People’s Vote” report can be read here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/in/pages/15721/attachments/original/1537354181/roadmap_pv_final.pdf?1537354181