LibLink: Tom Brake: Parliament must be recalled to introduce People’s Vote legislation

Tom Brake has called for Parliament to be recalled in the wake of Theresa May’s statement yesterday.

In an open letter to the Prime Minister, published on Politics Home, he argued that a People’s Vote was the only safe exit to the chaos over Brexit.

The purpose of recalling Parliament would be to enable the Liberal Democrats, other parties and Parliamentarians from across the House to work with you to ensure that legislation for a final say on the deal or People’s Vote is drawn up immediately. A People’s Vote could then be held before the European Elections in May.

With the EU and your own MPs lined up against Chequers, Chequers has no future. No Deal, which you persist, wrongly, in claiming is the only alternative that could be offered to Parliament will not command a majority in the Commons.  In these circumstances, a final say on the deal, so that people can choose between any deal the Government do eventually secure or staying in the EU is the only safe exit from the chaos the Conservative and other Brexit supporters have inflicted on the UK. Such a final say on the deal will of course require an extension to Article 50 so the legislation can be drafted, the question considered and the election conducted, but our EU partners have indicated an extension would be granted for this purpose.

I hope that you will welcome such an initiative and immediately make representations to your Cabinet and to the Speaker in order to start the preparations for such Parliamentary negotiations. The Liberal Democrats are willing to help draw up People’s Vote legislation and would work constructively with the Government to secure its prompt passage through Parliament.

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4 Comments

  • I keep hearing that the People’s Vote, or Losers’ Vote, as I prefer to call it is not a re-run of the referendum. That is now history, it is accepted that we are leaving. The People’s Vote is to validate the method of leaving.

    That’s fine. The ballot paper does not need to have Remain as an option, since that is already decided.

    This is the suggestion of the Unite Union, and as Labour’s largest donor, it may well lead Corbyn to the same conclusion.

  • Richard Underhill 23rd Sep '18 - 7:13pm

    “Joseph Bourke … I don’t think anyone really expects Parliament to be recalled before the Conservative Party conference”.
    This such a good idea for reducing the well publicised divisions the Tories are currently suffering. Why give the Tories such a good idea? They might never think of it themselves.

  • If the eu has decided that it can halt Brexit, they will negotiate with that in mind. They don’t want the process to last too long either and nor should we. The only certain way of halting it is a people’s vote with remaining on the ballot paper so I don’t think they would put up too much resistance to overcoming the barriers to it.

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