She accepts the regulator has the last word, but says that “We were rule-compliant according to the legal advice we were given at that time”.
The Justice Secretary speaks to Marr as MPs prepare to vote again on the various Brexit options.
“We have got a minority government in a turbulent time.”
“There are those that will say ‘the House has rejected every option, you’ll probably lose, so why bother?’. I bother because this is the last opportunity to vote for Brexit.”
He describes the backstop as “a con trick which breaks up the UK”.
The former Brexit Secretary argues that this is the responsible thing to do to avoid a no-deal exit and ensure the UK leaves the EU.
“It was always totally unrealistic for the prime minister to pretend that she could drop the backstop entirely”.
“If we say we stand up for 17.4 million people then we have to get those people what they asked for, to leave the EU. This now is the only way.”
He argues that the House faces a “clear choice”, and rejecting the Withdrawal Agreement would jeopardise any extension of Article 50.
“Consider the consequences for trust in politics if this House forces an outcome on the people that they no longer desire.”
The Speaker will block a Government ‘notwithstanding motion’, but announced this just after allowing Letwin’s.
He suggests that it is no different to ministers passing laws with amendments they dislike, but Redwood points out they are not normally compelled to do so.
They would lead to “uncertainty, risk and never delivering Brexit,” she tells the Commons.
“What could be more extreme than deliberately opting for something…simply because it has ‘BREXIT’ written on the front in bright, shiny letters?”
“It is ridiculous to suggest that Parliament taking control is overturning democratic institutions… it’s doing its democratic job of holding Government to account!”