It’s true, there has been no latest Brexit news over the Withdrawal Agreement stuck in the parliament, but a letter has emerged for the Prime Minister to rule out a no deal Brexit. Over 200 MPs united to sign the letter to Theresa May to stave off the option of leaving the European Union without a deal.
Tory Dame Caroline Spelman, along with Labour MP Jack Dromey, initiated a letter, where the 209 signatories included both Leave and Remain supporters. These MPs have been invited to meet the Prime Minister on Tuesday.
Caroline said that a no deal Brexit would cause job losses. She stated that the MPs are “united on one thing…” and they “want to protect jobs and livelihoods” by making sure that Britain doesn’t “crash out without a deal.”
May already got a deal approved from the EU leaders, known as the Withdrawal Agreement, covering the terms of Britain’s exit and the framework of future with the bloc. However, it needs to pass a vote by MPs before being accepted.
Government sources confirmed that the MPs will vote on the PM’s Brexit deal on January 15. MP Caroline said that the letter did not bind the MPs to support May’s withdrawal deal.
The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29, whether the MPs pass the deal or not.
According to a survey conducted on over 1,200 rank-and-file Tory members, 57 per cent would opt for a no deal Brexit, while only 23 per cent supported May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
The agreement is also facing opposition from numerous May’s own MPs, as well as from opposition parties, including the Labour party and Remain-supporting Liberal Democrats.
It is a disappointment to the PM, who had “believed opposition to her deal might soften after the Christmas break.”
While the dissent is intact, many, including the Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay, have speculated that the UK might end up leaving the bloc without a deal.
Critics argue that a no deal Brexit would have miserable consequences for businesses, lead to a shortage of essential goods, drive up food prices and create chaos at the borders.
A Tory MP Damian Green said that the responsibility is on the MPs to say what deal they would support.
Yes, the onus is on the MPs, who have fallen into a great dilemma. Whichever choice the Parliament will make would certainly be undesirable for them.
On one hand is May’s Withdrawal Agreement that the MPs are not happy about, and on the other is a no deal Brexit that would leave Britain in a severe condition. The choices made by May have left the parliament in a fix: deal or no deal Brexit. Will May rule out a no deal Brexit, or the MPs will make a tough choice?