Commenting on the defeat of the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement in Parliament today, Bridget Phillipson MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“MPs have this afternoon decisively rejected Theresa May’s broken Brexit deal a third time despite the Government trying to force it over the line by a parliamentary manoeuvre designed to maximise support and minimise meaning.
“Our democracy and our country are now in a crisis that the leaders of both the TUC and the CBI describe as a national emergency.
“In these extraordinary circumstances, it is crucial that MPs from all sides who care about the national interest join together and mandate the Government to ask for the longer extension needed to prevent further catastrophe.
“There is no version of Brexit that can meet the promises made in 2016, avoid deep and lasting damage to our country, or stop this crisis going on and on.
“Parliament has now had three chances to vote on this deal, but the British people are still waiting for their first.
“The right way forward for everyone is now to let the public decide our future with a new choice between supporting a Brexit deal negotiated with Europe or sticking with the deal we’ve already got inside Europe.”