Soubry: This is a betrayal of the British public by the main parties

14 March 2019

A short while ago, the Labour Party leadership decided not to whip their MPs to vote for Sarah Wollaston’s cross-party amendment which would have extended Article 50 and allowed us to hold a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. This decision by the Labour Party leadership meant the amendment did not pass.

Those of The Independent Group who left the Labour Party did so because they believed the hope of changing the leadership’s position on Brexit was gone. Today, sadly, they have been proven right.

Commenting, Brexit spokesperson for The Independent Group, Anna Soubry MP said:

“This is a betrayal of Labour Party members and voters, Labour MPs, Labour’s conference policy and, most importantly, the British public. The Labour Party leadership are determined to deliver Brexit, which would harm our country.

“But The Independent Group will not give up. We will keep up the pressure for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. We’ll keep holding the Government to account and providing the real opposition our country needs. The British people deserve the final say on Brexit.”


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Notes to editors:

  1. 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.
  2. More information on The Independent Group is available at our website:
  3. You can follow The Independent Group on Twitter: @TheIndGroup
  4. The full text of the amendment:

    Amendment (h)

    Dr Sarah Wollaston
    Dr Philippa Whitford
    Joanna Cherry
    Tom Brake
    Neil Coyle
    Liz Saville Roberts

    Mr Chris Leslie, Anna Soubry, Mike Gapes, Heidi Allen, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Joan Ryan, Angela Smith, Mr Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna, Geraint Davies, Sir Vince Cable, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Sir Edward Davey, Tim Farron, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine, Norman Lamb, Layla Moran, Jamie Stone, Jo Swinson, Jonathan Edwards, Ben Lake, Hywel Williams,

    Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “instructs the Prime Minister to request an extension to the Article 50 period at the European Council in March 2019 sufficient for the purposes of legislating for and conducting a public vote in which the people of the United Kingdom may give their consent for either leaving the European Union on terms to be determined by Parliament or retaining the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.”