Bremain in Spain Comments on the House of Lords Votes
(Withdrawal) Bill, Tuesday's media labelled the Lords everything from
"nationals heroes" to "unelected wreckers", simply for standing up for
parliamentary democracy. There was no hint of irony from those who screamed
about "sovereignty" and "taking back control". Bremain in Spain (
http://www.bremaininspain.com ), a group campaigning for the rights of
British citizens in Spain and the EU, comments on the latest developments.
Bremain points out that, with the score now running at Lords 9 - Government
2, the biggest victory was a majority of 91 in favour of Amendment 49. This
amendment would give parliament a meaningful say on whatever Brexit deal is
negotiated by the government. While this still needs the support of the
House of Commons, such strong backing from the Upper House makes it likely
that more MPs will stand up and be counted.
However, despite the pleasure of many people at the Amendment 49 result, their
delight was short-lived. The Amendment 50 debate, on giving the public a
#PeoplesVote, produced eloquent speeches to support giving the British
public a final say on the Brexit deal but was defeated because the Labour
front-bench followed the whip and abstained. It was lost by a mere 58 votes,
and was the first defeat on any of the House of Lords amendments to the
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, says: "Theresa May is refusing to
listen to, or even acknowledge, those who voted Remain. The House of
Lords is listening and eloquently putting forward our case. The Lords are
proving to be the voice of the people in Westminster.
"As a former lifelong Labour voter, I've been hoping Labour would renew my
faith and vote for what is clearly in the best interests of the
country. There's increasing public demand for a further referendum on the
deal and Labour is ignoring its supporters at its peril. I would prefer that
Labour had voted against the amendment than abstained but, yet again, this
party demonstrates its unwillingness to climb off the Brexit fence."
With local elections taking place in England on 3 May, it is anticipated
that the Tories with suffer a humiliating defeat, especially in London.
Wilson concludes: "We have been encouraging those that can vote to make
their voices heard, especially first-time voters, such as EU citizens and
new, younger voters. Until now, we've advocated voting for anti-Brexit
candidates, regardless of their party. Labour's under-performance on Monday
evening has changed all that and we are now saying 'if you're pro-EU, vote LibDem,
Green or Renew'. This may be a Tory Brexit but the wheels are being greased
by Labour. Tell them both that enough is enough!"
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Notes for editors
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