If MPs reject deal, let the public decide
When parliament votes on Mrs May’s Brexit deal, I shall vote against it.
Not only is it a bad deal that will leave us poorer as a country, it will not deliver what those who wanted Brexit claim they voted for.
Mrs May’s deal is actually the worst of all possible worlds. It will leave us for years to come in a constitutional limbo, out of the EU but still bound by its policies and decisions.
This is not a decision that I have made lightly. I well understand the views of those who say that while it may be a bad deal, it is better than crashing out at the end of March.
That may or may not be true, but I believe our people deserve better than to be forced to choose between a bad deal and a catastrophic one.
If the government loses next week’s vote then parliament will have failed.
When parliament fails the issue must go back to the people – either in a general election or in a referendum.
To my mind the only way out of the cul-de-sac into which the prime minister has driven us is to have a people’s vote.