Following the second defeat of the Prime Minister’s EU Withdrawal Agreement deal last night, MPs will today vote on the following Government motion:
“…that this House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship on 29 March 2019; and notes that leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this House and the EU ratify an agreement”.
As you can see from the wording, this is not quite as straightforward as a vote on taking “no deal” off the table as was anticipated and promised by the Prime Minister. The wording of this motion means that leaving without a deal remains the default position. Therefore, several amendments have been tabled to clarify what Parliament is seeking to achieve ie to end the threat of “no deal” once and for all. I have added my name in support of the three amendments below.
Amendment A – Spelman and Dromey
This amendment rejects leaving the EU without a deal permanently. It states that the Commons would rule out “the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship” and removes any reference to the default position. The amendment has cross party support from senior positions meaning it is very likely to be selected by the speaker.
Amendment D – The Independent Group
This amendment resolves that “under no circumstances should the UK leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement and Framework for the Future Relationship”. Furthermore, it calls for the government to consider extending or revoking Article 50, or legislating for a People’s Vote.
Amendment E – The Independent Group and Plaid Cymru
This is very similar to amendment A, it rules out leaving without a deal permanently.
I will not support a further amendment “F”. This amendment is more commonly known as “the Malthouse Compromise.” Essentially, it calls for a delay to Brexit from March 29 to May 22 to give time for preparations to leave without a deal. It therefore supports a “no deal” exit which would be catastrophic for our country, regardless of there being a two-month extension. This is often referred to as a “managed no deal.” You can read more about the implications of a “no deal” Brexit here: https://heidiallen.co.uk/brexit-1/’no-deal’-brexit-implications-2.html
At the time of writing, the Speaker has selected amendments A and F.
Such is the breakdown in confidence and unity in the Government, as I understand it, the Government are currently whipping in favour of F and against A, despite A being drafted by a number of senior Conservative members and being the only definitive way of Parliament demanding officially that the Prime Minister removes “no deal” as an option.
If sensible Ministers in the Government allow themselves to be bullied in this way, despite all their assurances that they would resign at the point that the Government adopted a formal “no deal” policy, then the Government and Conservative party really are in trouble.
No deal MUST be taken off the table, anything else would be economic suicide for this country and I will NEVER vote for it.