In today’s Brexit debate, the former Universities Minister explains why he resigned and won’t be supporting May’s deal.
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Robert Halfon: My constituents are against us shelling out £39 billion for nothing. Anyway, are we really obliged to pay?
If all this is correct, the EEA route seems to me a sensible way forward if Parliament can’t agree on a deal.
I, like many colleagues, react badly to the Party’s decision to try and strong-arm me into voting for this deal.
WATCH: The Prime Minister at bay. She sets out the case for her deal as she opens the five-day debate.
“We should not let the search for a perfect Brexit prevent a good Brexit that delivers for the British people”
“If we broker an honourable compromise…we will pass the test that history has set for us today.” May’s Commons speech. Full text.
“This debate.. is not about whether we could have taken a different path in the past, but which road we should take from here.”
Some favour a Second Referendum; others, EEA membership. But they have combined to deal the Prime Minister a second bloody blow in a single day.
The DUP also voted with the Opposition. The earlier Government amendment to the motion fell by four votes.
And then Ministers fold: Leadsom announces that the Attorney-General’s legal advice will be published in full tomorrow.
WATCH: The Government doesn’t want MPs to see the full legal advice for fear of the consequences, says Thomas-Symonds
“I should say frankly that a longer explainer was issued alongside the Withdrawal Agreement,” the Shadow Attorney-General argues.
WATCH: Cox – “There is no unilateral right for either party to terminate” the Northern Ireland backstop
The Attorney General says that “if no superseding agreement has been reached within the implementation period”, it will kick in.
This Withdrawal Agreement would leave us half in and half out of the EU as a ‘vassal state’. It is a denial of the votes of 17.4 million people to leave the EU.
This is a lamentable background against which to campaign for the deal. If the survey is right, most members have faith in neither it nor her.
Nicky Morgan: The only credible alternative plan is Norway Plus. And that may well be what Parliament ends up supporting.
But it could take the ruling out of all other options before we get there. And if MPs ends up reaching a consensus view, then the Government will have to adopt it.
George Bridges: The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The choice facing Parliament is compromise or chaos.
If you want to be sure that Brexit happens, however much you might dislike this plan, there is only one course of action – vote for it.
The Environment Secretary claims that the backstop is more uncomfortable for the EU than for the UK.