Today’s Parliamentary Votes
I wanted to explain to constituents what is happening today. It’s highly likely that at around 1500hrs a Business of the House motion will be passed. This will basically allow Parliament to express, indicatively, its favoured outcomes for Brexit.
There are a multiple options but only a handful of the many amendments submitted will be ruled in order by the Speaker. They range from Theresa May’s Brexit, Labour’s Brexit, a customs union, customs union 2.0. a final say on any Brexit passed, hard Brexit and revoking Article 50.
As things stand Labour is whipping on a certain number of amendments. I will state here the ones most likely to be selected and the ones we are whipping on:
is a cross party customs union option
is the Labour front bench’s own preferred variant of Brexit
is the Kyle/Wilson/Beckett option ensuring a final public say on ANY Brexit deal passed by parliament
There is one other amendment I will be voting AYE on despite the fact we have been whipped to abstain on. That is:
which ensures if Parliament has not made a decision on Brexit 24 hours before Article 50 expires and a hard Brexit kicks in, then Parliament must vote on whether to revoke Article 50 and prevent a crash-out Brexit.
That’s because I can not countenance a crash-out Brexit under any circumstance and see this as an emergency ‘eject’ opportunity for Parliament to avert such a catastrophe.
With that breathing space established, the UK would then have the time to work out how it would proceed. I want to be clear – I do not see this as a democratic shortcut to ending Brexit without putting any way forward back to the public.
Ultimately, as the article below explains, the mess this Tory government has dragged our country into can only be resolved by a Labour government.
Eleven pro-EU Labour MPs tell why they are fighting to stop Brexit ruining communities and destroying jobs: LINK