In Parliament this week a number of important amendments affecting Brexit were debated and voted on in the house of commons. The amendments gave MPs an opportunity to have their say and potentially stop a catastrophic no deal Brexit.
My Brexit update this week ⬇️⬇️ #nothingschanged #Toryshambles
Posted by Maria Eagle MP on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Sadly Yvette Cooper’s amendment to prevent no deal by delaying Brexit if parliament has still not agreed a deal by March 29th was narrowly defeated. Another similar, non-binding amendment brought to the House by Tory MP Dame Caroline Spelman called for no-deal Brexit to be ruled out. Luckily this was passed making it clear that MPs do not support a no-deal Brexit and recognise the serious damage this would do to the UK’s economy, trade and our standing in the world.
Another important amendment was brought to the house by Graham Brady, a Tory MP, and called on Theresa May to renegotiate the Northern Ireland backstop. In Bizarre scenes the Government supported this motion and Theresa May herself hailed its passing as a victory despite the fact that it was her and her own cabinet that asked the EU to include the backstop in the first place. She has now voted against one of the centre pieces of her own Brexit deal! Yet more evidence that this Government is falling apart at the seams and is not fit to govern.
Theresa May is still determined to strong arm her deal through parliament by running down the clock and playing chicken with the country. MPs are being forced to either vote for her deal or push the UK off a cliff edge by crashing out with no-deal. While support for Caroline Spelman’s amendment was a positive step forward in preventing this I think it will have little effect on Theresa May, she has happily ignored parliament before and I have no doubt she will do so again now.
The entire country is now her hostage, forced to agree with her plan or destroy our economy. I will not let this situation continue and will do everything I can to stop the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal.