With less than 20 days to go, all of the established political parties are failing to show any leadership to save the country from a disastrous Brexit. The Conservatives are riven with internal divides, and Labour is still hedging its bets, stating a People’s Vote is an “option” whilst failing to support an extension to Article 50 long enough to allow one to happen.
So Parliament, working cross-party in the national interest, needs to force a decision by holding a series of indicative votes to determine where majority of opinion lies on the options we have on Brexit.
Today (Monday 11 March) The Independent Group will table an amendment to the motion to approve the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The Group is clear, a process of indicative votes should be held to determine where the majority of opinion lies in the House of Commons on a way forward; and then an extension should then be sought for the purpose of holding a People’s Vote on whatever option comes out of the indicative vote process. This would give the people a choice between that option and staying in the European Union. A vote must take place by the end of September at the latest.
If necessary, where an extension to Article 50 is granted but not sufficiently long for a People’s Vote to take place, and we risk leaving without a deal, the Article 50 notification should be revoked to allow time for a People’s Vote to take place.
Commenting Brexit spokesperson for The Independent Group, Anna Soubry MP said:
“The risks from a chaotic and poorly coordinated Brexit represent a significant danger to the future prosperity and safety of our communities, families and businesses. Everyone wants certainty and clear leadership, and both main parties are failing to provide either. There is no more time for dither and delay, with less than 20 days to go it is time to decide on Brexit.
“With the established political parties in chaos The Independent Group will table an amendment, to the motion to approve the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, to demand a process of indicative votes to whittle down the options on Brexit. That should then be put to a People’s Vote no later than 30th September 2019.
“If all of the established political parties are too distracted with their own internal fights and arguments, and will not put the national interest first, it is time for Parliament to take control of Brexit. We cannot simply crash out of the EU with no-deal. That would lead to food supply problems, panic buying, job losses, medicine shortages and worse. We can either leave with a deal, or Remain on our current terms - it is time to decide on Brexit.”
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Notes to editors
- Anna Soubry MP is the Member of Parliament for Broxtowe. She is a founding member of the People’s Vote campaign for the people to have a final say on the Brexit deal. She sits on both the Women & Equalities and Work & Pensions Select Committees of the House of Commons.
- More information on The Independent Group is available at our website: https://www.theindependent.group/
- You can follow The Independent Group on Twitter: @TheIndGroup
- Amendment (tabled on Monday 11 March, 2019) to the motion debating Section 13(1)(B) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. Debate to be held on Tuesday 12 March, 2019. Full amendment text:
Line 1 delete from “House” and replace with: “believes that the risks from a chaotic and poorly coordinated Brexit represent a significant danger to the future prosperity of the people of the United Kingdom and that our country has now reached the time to decide on how to proceed; instructs the Prime Minister to table motions and provide the time necessary for Parliament to agree the terms of leaving the EU not later than Wednesday 20th March and to request an extension of the Article 50 period at the European Council Summit on 21st March to allow a public vote to be conducted in the United Kingdom at the earliest opportunity and not later than 30th September 2019 in which the British people can decide finally on whether to leave the EU on those terms agreed by Parliament or stay as a member of the European Union; instructs the Prime Minister to be ready to ask Parliament to confirm a revocation of the Article 50 notification if the extension request to the EU Council is not granted so that the United Kingdom may conduct the public vote come what may; and calls upon parliamentarians of all parties to put the national interest ahead of party politics and work together to legislate for this public vote to be held before the end of September 2019 so that the United Kingdom can make a clear decision and move forward.”