Cross-party MPs call on Parliament to pass Amendment 7 to the Withdrawal Bill

MPs from across the House of Commons should vote for Amendment 7 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill tomorrow [Wednesday], which would give Parliament a meaningful vote on any Brexit deal, cross-party MPs from the Open Britain campaign say.  

Chuka Umunna MP, Tom Brake MP and Caroline Lucas MP will join volunteers from the Open Britain campaign outside Parliament to call on their colleagues to back parliamentary sovereignty and back Amendment 7 when it comes to a vote. 

It comes after MPs from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and Plaid Cymru signed a joint statement last weekend in support of Amendment 7. Over 10,000 Open Britain supporters in more than 630 constituencies have already emailed their local MP urging them to back the Amendment 7. 

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Nobody voted in the referendum for our parliamentary democracy to be undermined. We need scrutiny on Brexit, not a blank cheque for Government Ministers.

“I would urge colleagues on all sides of the House to put the national interest first and support Amendment 7 to the Withdrawal Bill.”

Caroline Lucas MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Ministers have treated the sovereignty of our Parliament with contempt throughout the Brexit process. That has to change.

“Brexit is already making Britain worse off, with price rises hitting working families and putting our rights at risk. Parliament needs to have the right to reject a Brexit deal that will impoverish our country.”

Tom Brake MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Given the lack of respect shown for Parliament so far, we can’t trust anything Ministers say about allowing MPs a meaningful vote on any Brexit deal.

“The only way to guarantee that MPs will have the ability to vote on Brexit on behalf of our constituents is for us to come together and back Amendment 7.”

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Notes to editors:

The statement of support from cross-party MPs was in the Observer on Sunday: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/09/theresa-may-faces-first-brexit-defeat-parliament-rebels