Tuesday will be a decisive day for Brexit and the Government. There are many important amendments being debated and voted upon, including a Labour Front Bench amendment, that could change the course of our exit from the EU and potentially take no deal off the table. We don’t yet know which will be selected but there are two I think are highly likely to be.
Top of the list is Labour MP Yvette Cooper’s amendment which could secure time on February 5th to debate a draft law that, if agreed, would force the government to seek an extension to article 50 if parliament has still not reached agreement on a final deal.
Secondly Tory MP Dominic Grieve is hoping to secure support for his amendment which would guarantee six days of debate in the Commons for backbench MPs in the run-up to our leaving on March 29th. It would give MPs the chance to debate and hold “indicative” votes on different Brexit options in order to break the ongoing stalemate in Parliament and give backbench MPs who have not been directly involved in negotiations a say on which options they feel are best.
The speaker will ultimately decide which amendments are debated but it is highly likely these two will be selected along with the Labour frontbench amendment and potentially others. I will support the frontbench amendment and if selected I will also support Ms Cooper’s and Mr Grieve’s.
I think it is absolutely essential that we remove no-deal as an option to both protect the UK from the very real dangers no-deal posses and to stop Theresa May threatening parliament and the UK with crashing out with no deal. This could be the week that Parliament takes back control of the Brexit process from Theresa May. If it does I will be ready to voice my support for a Peoples Vote with remain as an option at the earliest opportunity to give the people the final say on the UK’s future.