Bremain in Spain Comments on May’s Broken Promises
Last week, the PM damaged her relationship, perhaps permanently, with the Tory rebels. Having promised a compromise they could tolerate, re giving parliament a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal, she was then persuaded to renege on her promise by David Davis. Before the House of Commons voted on Dominic Grieve’s amendment, May had promised an alternative that would satisfy the rebels. What had been “agreed” between the parties was subsequently changed without further consultation. The rebels had taken May at her word, after specifically being told it was a “matter of trust”. May’s promise turned out to be worthless but not until after the vote had been taken and the government had won the debate.
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, says: “May might have won the day, but at what cost? With members of her own party talking openly about betrayal and abuse of trust, May has shot herself in the foot, yet again. Not only will the ministers who were duped never trust her word again, but many others that were wavering will now come out in support of the rebels. It rather begs the question, ‘why would any MP vote to hand over powers that should rest with parliament, to the government’?”
On Monday 18 June, the Bill returned to the House of Lords for further debate on the meaningful vote amendment. The upper House was expected to wholeheartedly support a revised amendment, giving power back to parliament when the final deal arrives on the table. After a heated debate, the Lords supported the amendment by an increased majority of 119 votes.
Wilson said of the result: “This was a significant victory for common sense and the sovereignty of parliament. This places May directly on a collision course with the rebels in her own party. I suspect, as a result of the vote tonight in the Upper House, that their numbers will have swelled."
The Brexit Bill will return to the lower House on Wednesday 20 June, giving MPs another opportunity to rethink their position. Wilson concludes: “Only time will tell if Tory rebels will put their country before their party and vote to give parliament the final say on the deal. There is a need to decide what happens next should parliament fail to agree on the negotiated deal. Brexit was supposed to be about taking back control and the sovereignty of parliament. Did Leavers understand that the government’s aim was to grab that power for itself? How many more examples does the public need? It seems May will go to any lengths to keep power, regardless of the consequences for her country.”
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