Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has said that it is “Parliament versus the people” as MPs prepare to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposals on Tuesday.
The MP for North West Leicestershire told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: We are heading towards a constitutional crisis.”
He added: “What the public must think of our Parliament currently – I just despair. They voted to Leave and we are not doing it.
“I don’t know where that leaves politics going forward. It is basically Parliament versus the people and I can’t help thinking that is going to end very badly.
“It is demoralising me. I get up in the morning and think ‘what is going on in our country?’”
Last week Mrs May suffered two defeats on her Brexit proposals within 24 hours, including on the Grieve amendment, which now passed means the Government must return within three sitting days with a new plan if it is defeated in next week's meaningful vote on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal.
An anti-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament.
Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable said “Parliament could seize control” of the Brexit debate if MPs voted against the Prime Minister’s deal.
“If we vote against the Government’s plan and vote against a no-deal, logically we are left with the only alternative, which is no Brexit,” he said.
“This can happen in one of two ways; Parliament can simply seize control of the legislative process and require that Brexit will be stopped or it can go down to the people, which is the more democratic option.
He added: “We do not have a written constitution and we are in an unprecedented situation and the various options, which the Government has offered us, are not acceptable. So Parliament is having to take the lead here.”