Umunna – Sorry state of Brexit shows need for MPs to have a meaningful say

New polling conducted by BMG Research and Left Foot Forward reveals today that 61% of the public believe MPs should have the final say on the overall Brexit deal. 

That includes 69% among 18-24 year olds, 52% of over-55s, as well as 39% of current Conservative voters and 35% of Leave voters. The polling also found that 58% of voters believe MPs should have a vote on the Brexit ‘divorce bill’, and that 84% of voters thought the Brexit negotiations were going badly overall. This new polling comes in light of the upcoming debate on Amendment 7 to the EU Withdrawal Bill which, if passed, would give MPs a meaningful vote on the final terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 

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

“It is perfectly understandable that the British people believe the Brexit talks are going badly. The chance of us ending up with a good deal out of this whole process is diminishing by the day, as Ministers begin to backtrack on the deal Theresa May thought she had done just last week.

“Given this sorry state of affairs, our elected representatives in Parliament must be given a proper, meaningful vote over whatever agreement the Government comes back with. MPs mustn’t be fobbed off with a symbolic vote or just a choice between two awful outcomes.

“That’s why I’m supporting Amendment 7 to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which would give MPs a meaningful vote on the terms of our withdrawal before we leave the EU. And if that does not live up to the vision of Brexit the British people were sold, they have the right to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right choice for the country.”

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Notes to Editors

The full story by Left Foot Forward on the new polling by BMG Research can be read here.