If MPs re­ject deal, let the pub­lic de­cide

Al­is­tair Carmichael

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

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.

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