Brexit amendments tabled by the MPs Yvette Cooper and Dominic Grieve that attempt to allow MPs to chart a new path forward on Brexit, and potentially secure an extension of Article 50, are gaining support across Parliament.
But this morning, the Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the Government remains implacably opposed to any extension of the Article 50 process.
Commenting, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Liam Fox has made it clear today that the Government is continuing to play a dangerous game over the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. In this crisis it’s vital that MPs form a consensus around extending Article 50, which will be necessary for a new public vote, support measures to stop a catastrophic ‘no deal’ departure from the EU, and show the same rigour in scrutinising revised versions of the Government’s plan and other forms of Brexit as they have demonstrated so far.
“Parliament should be given the chance to demonstrate there is a clear majority against a no deal Brexit and then make an honest assessment of alternatives to the Government’s proposed deal. It is surely right that these are given serious consideration, but also that they are subject to the same minimal standards of scrutiny that led so many MPs to conclude they could not support the Government’s Brexit plan.
“There is no form of Brexit that can fulfil the promises made in 2016, that is better than the deal we’ve got inside Europe or that will prevent this crisis going on forever. That’s why a new public vote is the only way forward.”