Ben Bradshaw MP: 'A People's Vote is growing more likely by the day'

Ben Bradshaw MP: It is either Theresa May’s deal or no Brexit as MPs will stop ‘catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has said that there are only two options for leaving the European Union; the Prime Minister’s deal or no Brexit - and that a referendum on the final deal is growing more likely. 

Mr Bradshaw, the MP for Exeter told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I don’t think crashing out without a deal would please very many considering its consequences.

“I think Amber Rudd, the newly returned Cabinet minister was right when she said that Parliament would reject no deal, that is the only thing that is certain.

“There is a massive majority on both sides of Parliament to stop that catastrophe.

“It is either this deal, as Theresa May herself has said, or no deal and no Brexit. I think the chances of a People’s Vote, a second referendum on the final deal are growing more likely by the day.”

The President of the European Council announced on Thursday that a document outlining the future relationship of the UK and the EU has been "agreed in principle".

In a tweet, Donald Tusk said that a draft of the political declaration, which sets out the country's relationship with the EU after the transition period, had been agreed at "negotiators’ level" and "agreed in principle" at a political level.


'Force the Government's hand' 

Mr Bradshaw added that he believed there would be many chances for “MPs to force the Government’s hand”, as legislation still needs to be passed. 

“There are a number of options open to Parliament, it is not just passing a motion that would not be binding,” he said.  

“There has to be a whole load of legislation passed before March if we are either facing this deal or a no deal situation, which of course will be amendable.

“There will be opportunities for MPs to force the Government’s hand.

“I believe, and I think most MPs share this view, that it would be completely politically and constitutionally unsustainable for any Government faced with a massive majority in Parliament against no deal to simply blindly take the country off a cliff.

“That would be political suicide and economic suicide for the country so I don’t think that is going to happen.”