MPs back Letwin amendment to stop No deal crash out

On Saturday 19th October, the House of Commons clearly voted to stop a No deal crash out from the European Union.

Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale, said: “Labour urged Prime Minister Johnson to comply with the law and send a letter requesting an extension. That letter, although unsigned, was sent along with a note which stated he doesn’t want an extension.

“Prime Minister Johnson is not above the law, and if he wishes to ‘Get Brexit done’ it should be done properly.

“The last three years since the referendum have been wasted with Government infighting, incompetence and chaos.

“Prime Minister Johnson and Nigel Farage both campaigned on the basis that doing a deal with the EU would be straightforward and simple. None of them campaigned on the basis of a dangerous No deal Brexit which would risk shortages of food and medicines, which would jeopardise towns like Rochdale’s export industry and jobs.

“Prime Minister Johnson’s deal is an even worse deal than Theresa May’s. Nobody voted to lose workers’ rights, open up our NHS to a takeover by US private corporations, put food safety at risk, or even cut environmental standards. This sell out deal won’t bring the country together.

“Democracy is an ongoing process; it is not a one-off event. It is therefore not unreasonable to give the people the final say in a public vote now that we know more about the deal that has been presented to us.”