Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd, today made it clear that a no deal Brexit will not pass through the House of Commons. Additionally, senior Conservative MP Damian Collins said that, if the Brexit withdrawal agreement is voted down, the decision should be referred back to the people. And Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell re-emphasised that Labour is keeping open the option of a public vote.
Commenting, Caroline Lucas MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“It is becoming increasingly clear that MPs from both sides of the House of Commons recognise that a choice between this miserable Brexit proposal or a ‘no deal’ departure is no choice at all. Today, Amber Rudd confirmed that there is no realistic prospect of Parliament allowing a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Another senior Conservative MP, Damian Collins, has suggested that if the withdrawal agreement is voted down, a People’s Vote is a realistic way forward. At the same time John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, has stated that Labour’s ambition for a General Election looks increasingly difficult to realise and that is why it is keeping open the option of a new public vote.
“Parliament can vote to proceed with the Brexit on offer from the Government - which satisfies pretty much no-one - or it can vote the deal down and allow the people to have the final say on Brexit through a People’s Vote. There is no Brexit deal that can fulfil all the promises made and in these circumstances the best, - the most democratic – way out of the current crisis is to give the British people a real choice. That is why more and more momentum is building behind the People’s Vote campaign.”