Meaningless Timeline for Meaningful Vote

The Government have indicated that the Prime Minister will wait until the end of the month before Parliament has another chance to reject the Government’s disastrous deal and take control of the Brexit process.


Despite assurances that the second meaningful vote would be held this week, Theresa May wants more time to work on changes to the Northern Ireland backstop (or safety net), forcing Parliament to sit and wait. Ultimately, this will be a fruitless exercise as the EU has made clear that it will not reopen negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement.

Making MPs vote at the very last minute is both dangerous and insulting. It means MPs cannot offer alternative solutions to save the UK from crashing out under a No-Deal Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats have described the vote pushback as cowardly and damaging and are working hard to ensure that there is enough time for Parliament to debate all options, including holding a People’s Vote with an option to stay in the EU.

Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

"The Prime Minister is mocking Parliament when she runs down the clock. Delaying the vote only slashes the time we have available to dig ourselves out of this hole.

"The Government need to accept that they cannot force us to vote for May’s deal. MPs deserve to be granted the little time left to take control of this car crash, created by the Government, and reject botched Brexit through a People’s Vote."

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

"This is worse than irresponsible.

"It is deeply insulting to the country and to Parliament. It goes against what she has been mandated to achieve. I would not be surprised if she faces a massive rebellion by Conservative MPs."

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