Michael Fabricant: 'I take no joy in voting for May's deal'

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has said he intends to change his mind and vote for the Prime Minister’s deal when it comes to the Commons for a third time.

The Eurosceptic backbencher has previously rejected the Withdrawal Agreement twice before, but said he intends to vote for the deal now to guarantee Brexit.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, Mr Fabricant said his vote would be “tactical” to ensure that Brexit was delivered.

“The problem is, we have a remain Parliament with four to five hundred MPs determined to thwart Brexit either by actually revoking Article 50 and keep us in the EU or by tying us in so closely with the customs union and single market it means we might as well have not left the EU anyway,” he said.

“It would be a huge betrayal if that happened, so I’m afraid my having to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement is a tactic to get us out, not something I wanted to do.

“I don’t do it with great joy.”

Mr Fabricant said his preference remained a no-deal Brexit, and added he intended to indicate that preference in the ‘indicative votes’ later today.

He said legislation had been passed in both London and Brussels to ensure a “workable” Brexit if the UK leaves without a deal.  

He added: “Frankly what we should have done last year is to invoke Article 50 within a week of the EU referendum, done what we’ve been doing over the last few months over a year ago and we would have been out, it would have been a clean Brexit, and a success.”

 

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