Umunna: The Prime Minister has put her head in the sand and refuses to listen – but it’s time to decide on Brexit

8 March 2019

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit today, the spokesperson for The Independent Group Chuka Umunna MP said:

“Members of Parliament have consistently rejected the Prime Minister’s flawed deal because it will harm the UK’s businesses and jobs. It involves paying a gigantic divorce bill, with no certainty on our future EU trading relationship in return. But the Prime Minister has put her head in the sand and refuses to listen.

“Theresa May is too busy negotiating with her own party, and putting Tory party unity ahead of the national interest, to build a consensus around a proposition which could command a majority in the House of Commons. That has been the persistent problem throughout this whole process.

“The only way to resolve this is to have a series of indicative votes in the House of Commons on the various Brexit options, and to hold a People’s Vote on whichever one commands a majority.

“We need to bring clarity to the chaos in our broken British politics. We need to change it and it’s time to make a decision.”


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Notes to editors

  1. Chuka Umunna, the Group’s spokesperson, is the Member of Parliament for Streatham. Chuka is a leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign. He also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, which aims to find ways of bringing our different communities together.
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