‘Quitter group’ MP’s motion to delay Brexit and conduct a new referendum defeated heavily in a parliamentary vote
Ex-Tory MP Sarah Wollaston’s amendment in Parliament to delay Brexit and hold a new referendum has been defeated – crushed – by 334 votes to 85. Even if every abstaining MP had voted in favour of the amendment, it would still have lost by thirty or so votes.
Earlier, her fellow ‘quitter group’ MPs had been tweeting excitedly about ‘finally’ getting the matter ‘on the agenda’ – even though some of them had helped defeat Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment to do exactly that at the end of January.
Small wonder that the so-called “people’s vote” campaign had been trying to manage expectations earlier, with Blairite Alastair Campbell saying it was the ‘wrong time’ to ‘press’ the amendment.
There is almost as little appetite among MPs to drag the country through another referendum as there is for Theresa May’s dismal Brexit ‘deal’.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position is exactly right: the country needs a general election, not a new referendum – followed quickly by Labour’s Brexit deal that has already been welcomed as ‘heavenly’ by EU officials.
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