Discussions between the Government and the so-called ‘Conservative rebels’ appear to have broken down over an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would give Parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ at the end of the Brexit negotiations.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The Government and the Prime Minister made a solemn commitment that they would accept the substance of Dominic Grieve’s amendment, which would give Parliament a real, meaningful vote at the end of the Brexit process and would prevent the catastrophe of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Now they appear to be trying to row back on that commitment.
“If the Prime Minister and the Government are attempting to renege on the commitments they made, it must be up to Parliament to resolve the situation. And if MPs in the Prime Minister’s own party can’t rely on her to keep her word, then how can our friends and allies in the EU trust any commitments she makes in the negotiations?
“The simple reality is this: no matter how much the Brextremist minority wishes it were different, there is no majority in Parliament for a destructive ‘no deal’ Brexit. And with two thirds of voters now saying that Theresa May is handling Brexit badly, this kind of shambles shows exactly why we need a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes to editors
New polling suggests 66% of people think ministers are doing badly in the Brexit negotiations: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/two-thirds-of-voters-think-may-is-making-a-mess-of-brexit-5vnrxvxvb