Article 50 bill: Brexit deal can be put to a vote at any time, says pro-leave MP Crispin Blunt

Article 50: 'Economics should have greater bearing on the Brexit negotiation than politics', says MP Crispin Blunt

Article 50 could be triggered by Theresa May tomorrow (March 14)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pro-Brexit MP Crispin Blunt has ridiculed the idea that the final Brexit deal must be put to a vote in Parliament, suggesting a vote can be held any time MPs so wish.

Blunt, chair of the foreign affairs select committee, spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer before MPs vote on the amendments to the Article 50 bill made in the House of Lords.

The amendments, if enacted, would require the Government to guarantee the rights of EU migrants already living in London, and seek MPs' approval for any Brexit deal negotiated with the EU.

Blunt described the final vote amendment as a "load of eyewash," adding "this is the most important negotiation a Government of the United Kingdom will have conducted for a very, very long time and it's going to have to continue to enjoy the confidence of the House of Commons with the deal it brings back.

"Any government is permanently at the mercy of a majority in the House of Commons if they have lost confidence in it.

"A vote could come at any time if the Government had lost the confidence of the House of Commons."

The Conservative MP for Reigate also told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he thinks "there will be a comfortable majority in the House of Commons" who vote for the bill.


But he insisted that we must remember "there are lots of things that can go wrong" with the Brexit negotiation, such as a veto by the European Parliament, and "we need to be ready for the consequences." 

Listen to the full interview above