Ed Davey MP: Parliament’s handling of Brexit ‘is a national embarrassment’

Ed Davey MP: Parliament’s handling of Brexit ‘is a national embarrassment’

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey has said that Parliament’s handling of the Brexit negotiations is a “national embarrassment”.

He added that the “Conservative MPs” who have pushed for a hard Brexit should “hang their heads in shame”.

The MP for Kingston and Surbiton told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “I think people often talk to MPs and they know what is going on.

“I am afraid on this situation; I have never seen anything like that. It is completely chaotic. It is a national embarrassment.

“I think some of the Conservative MPs who are behind this should hang their heads in shame.”


'Baked-bean Brexit' 

Watch: Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey discussing Brexit with Matthew Wright. 

The Liberal Democrat MP called for a second referendum on the final Brexit deal, because “politicians have been arguing about this for over two years”.

He added: “The Conservative Government has not been very successful, it has been very divided.

“I think the people are saying: ‘my god people, sort it out!’ The only way we are going to sort it out is to give the people the final say.”

Mr Davey said people voted for a “baked-bean Brexit” during the EU referendum in 2016, because there was not one “variety” for leaving the EU.

“The issue is what did the people say? The reality is that when you go back to the referendum campaign, it is what I call the ‘baked-bean Brexit’. There were 57 varieties of Brexit," he said. 

“We have had hard-line Brexiteers saying ‘oh no, we will stay in the single market’.”

He added: “We should talk to Brussels about leaving, we should try to do a deal, but that deal – we are choosing one of the 57 varieties – that should go back to the people for a final say.

“This is what the Liberal Democrats have been arguing for and I think we are winning that debate.”