This Tory Government’s shambolic handling of Brexit has been an utter failure. With only days to go before we’re due to crash out of the EU, the PM has lost control, so Parliament needs to take over. I co-sponsored Monday’s Benn/Letwin amendment giving power back to Parliament to propose what happens next and am pleased it was successful.
In tonight’s indicative votes, I’m supporting the Beckett amendment to give the public a final say on any deal that comes forward out of this process. Democracy didn’t stop on 23 June 2016 and it’s crucial that the public have the opportunity to vote based on where we are now, not the spin and lies of the original referendum campaign. Any vote must include the option to remain.
I’m also backing proposals to revoke Article 50 if no deal is reached before exit day. Over 30,000 Hornsey & Wood Green residents have signed the petition calling for this, the second highest in the country, and they have my full backing. We cannot risk stumbling into a catastrophic “no deal” that would devastate our economy and throw into complete uncertainty the lives of the three million EU citizens who have made the UK their home.