Responding to defeat of the Government in the House of Commons tonight on an amendment to the Finance Bill that will limit spending on no-deal preparations, Ian Murray, the Labour MP for Edinburgh South and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The threat of a no deal Brexit has cynically used by the Government for many months as part of their campaign to bully and intimidate Parliament into voting for a bad deal that would leave us worse off and offers less control.
“Parliament has now asserted its authority and sovereignty and effectively exposed the threat of no deal as an empty one.
“The real choice facing Parliament and the country is now clear. We can leave the EU under the terms of some version of the Prime Minister’s bad deal or we can keep all our rights, powers, influence and op-outs in our current deal as full members of the EU.
“Parliament remains gridlocked between these two choices, but, and as today has demonstrated, it can still act decisively. What it now must do is hand the decision back to the people. 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.”