“I was keen to see an agreement delivered that I could support…[but] the deal on the table potentially gives away our sovereignty and £39 billion.”
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Opposing it in the hope of something better risks ending up with the worst possible outcome: no Brexit at all.
The Labour frontbencher explains to the House that “the EU did not present itself as a champion of the voiceless”.
Henry Newman: An end to free movement and forced payments to Brussels. Is the backstop really so bad?
None of us would have started from here. But the Government has got us into this fix – and May’s deal is the best of the three possible ways forward.
Does authority reside with Parliament or the People? And are MPs representatives or delegates? Both must be answered.
Meanwhile, there is little common ground in which to find a solution which would satisfy many Remainers and Leavers simultaneously.
WATCH: “Bringing back the same botched deal will not change its fundamental flaws” – Corbyn versus May
The Prime Minister replies that “the question Members of this House must ask themselves is whether they wish to deliver Brexit” or not.
Chris White: May faces a huge task – and she has made it harder for herself by neglecting the Whips’ Office
It is an extraordinarly inexperienced team. None of the four senior whips were appointed before July 2016, and no junior whip before June 2017.
In the 1997 election, the Party lost 11.2 per cent of the votes and 178 seats, ending with just 165; a loss on this scale next time is perfectly plausible.
Giving Northern Ireland a say over the introduction of new EU laws would at least introduce a measure of democracy into the system.
The principle of democracy has served us well for a very long time. Signing it away would be a dreadful mistake.
WATCH: Ici Londres – Hannan on May’s deal: “If everyone is unhappy, then maybe you’re doing something wrong”
“What’s proposed would leave Britain with all of the duties, costs and obligations of membership, but with no voice, no vote and no veto.”
Gisela Stuart: The EU referendum gave the political class a chance to mend its ways. So far, it hasn’t.
There is still time for adoption of a comprehensive free trade deal on offer from the EU and applied to the entire UK, which even now could provide a way forward.
These acts of remembrance may in some slight measure salve grief, and enable those who have not had to endure such things to give thanks for those who do.
Our democracy is poorly served by widespread ignorance about campaign technology, and the fact glamorous alarmism wins more headlines than grubby reality.