Labour is backing the ‘Kyle-Wilson amendment’ not to ratify any Brexit deal without a ‘confirmatory’ public vote. A note sent to MPs and obtained by the SKWAWKBOX explains the decision
Labour has decided to back an amended version of the ‘Beckett/Kyle/Wilson’ amendment – which has become known by the shorthand of ‘the le amendment’ – in a Commons vote today. The amendment states that Parliament will not ratify any withdrawal agreement before it passes a ‘confirmatory’ public vote.
A briefing now circulated to Labour MPs and obtained by the SKWAWKBOX explains the party’s reasoning:
Why we are today backing the Beckett-Kyle-Wilson Amendment on a public vote
Today is about Parliament exploring alternatives to May’s botched deal.
Labour has said that all options in line with our policy should be on the table to prevent May’s deal or a disastrous ‘no deal’.
Labour’s proposed deal remains our preferred solution: based on a customs union, close alignment with single market, and dynamic alignment on rights, standards and protections.
If Labour’s deal cannot be secured, then a public vote remains an option backed by Labour to prevent a disastrous No Deal Brexit or a Tory Brexit deal.
Our conference agreed that if we cannot get a General Election we would support all options remaining on the table, including a public vote. Labour is supporting the Beckett-Kyle-Wilson Amendment (even where it can be read as going beyond our policy) to keep the option of a public vote on the table in order to stop a disastrous no deal or May’s unacceptable deal.
Labour’s priority is to deliver our credible Brexit plan which respects our commitment to accept the result of the referendum. Today we are supporting all options that enable us to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or No Deal being forced on the country.
In spite of Labour’s backing, the amendment is expected to be defeated. As Labour has outlined above, the move is an exploratory one to gauge which options might have parliamentary support – and to keep ‘all options open’ for defeating May’s disastrous and unworkable deal, as Labour’s conference policy mandates.
Labour’s priority remains to deliver Brexit – but it must be Labour’s Brexit, which the EU has already welcomed as ‘heavenly’, for the sake of the country.
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