A BREXIT UPDATE
The Somerset Guardian, 27th February 2019
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister gave the House of Commons an update about Brexit.
Mrs. May announced that there will be a vote on 12th March asking MPs to decide whether the Government should proceed with the United Kingdom’s withdrawal on 29th March 2019 with no deal in the event that one cannot be agreed before this date. She continued to say that if there is a majority against her going forth with no deal another vote will be held the following day to determine whether there should be an extension of Article 50.
Having listened to the Prime Minister's statement I am concerned that what she is effectively saying is that the House of Commons will have the opportunity to move the date of exit from 29th March to 30th June. However, there is no evidence to suggest that a new deal can be agreed that would be acceptable to Parliament in this period. Hence, the so-called ‘cliff-edge’ has merely been moved back and there is no willingness to move beyond the day on which a new European Parliament forms.
There could be two scenarios on the back of the Prime Minister’s announcement. If Brexit were delayed to change the backstop to the Malthouse Compromise this would be positive and allow legislation to get through, something that is perfectly acceptable. Yet, if it is being delayed as a plot to stop Brexit altogether this would be the most grievous error that politicians could commit. It would be overthrowing a referendum result, two general election results, one to call for a referendum, one to endorse the referendum. Ultimately, it would be undermining our democracy.