The Labour Party has just tabled an amendment in Parliament to force Theresa May to ensure that Parliament has enough time to debate and vote on all available options to prevent a no-deal Brexit:
AmendmentLabour’s parliamentary amendment
… and instructs the UK Government to secure sufficient time for the UK Parliament to consider and vote on options to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. Those options should include:
i) negotiating changes to the draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration so as to secure a permanent customs union with the EU, a strong relationship with the single market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations, and dynamic alignment on rights and standards, in order to command a majority in the House of Commons
ii) Legislating to hold a public vote on a deal or a proposition that has commanded the support of the majority of the House of Commons
The wording will no doubt be misinterpreted to suit the agendas of the so-called “people’s vote” campaign on the one hand and the hostile mainstream media on the other – but the amendment stipulates leaving time for those options as required and does not commit to the option of a new referendum actually taking place.
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