Commenting on the new Brexit proposals dubbed ‘The Malthouse Compromise’, Anna Soubry MP, leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:
“We understand why MPs desperately concerned about crashing out of the EU are considering desperate measures but this latest proposal only heightens the risk of a no deal outcome.
“The prospect of the EU ripping up the Withdrawal Agreement or allowing a transition period without the backstop is very remote - and for good reason given the risks to the Irish peace process.
“Instead, this scheme backed by Jacob Rees-Mogg is a recipe for the no deal Brexit that the hard Brexiters have always craved.
“We cannot allow our economy, vital public services and life chances of young people to be sacrificed for a last minute gesture towards Conservative Party unity. The guiding principle in this must be the national interest – country before party.
“What is needed now is for MPs to take the opportunity today to reject no deal by backing the amendments that seek to do just that. These amendments would give MPs the time and space to consider all the options for Brexit before concluding the only way forward is to hand the final decision back to the public in the form of a People’s Vote.”