Cross Party MPs – Parliament will not give Government a blank cheque on Hard Brexit

Leading cross-party supporters of the Open Britain campaign have joined together to warn the Government that they will not have a blank cheque in Parliament for the kind of hard Brexit hinted at by the Prime Minister in her Conference speech today.

Anna Soubry, Conservative MP and supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“The Government must be careful about being gung-ho on Article 50. With France and Germany holding elections next year, they should not be scared of taking the time to get this right.

“It is clear that the EU holds most of the cards in negotiations at the moment and any Brexit deal will need the consent of Parliament.

“As such, the Government should be pressing for a deal that keeps Britain open and engaged with Europe, including keeping us in the Single Market that supports millions of UK jobs.”

Chuka Umunna, Labour MP and supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“Further clarity on the Government's approach to Brexit is welcome. But they have serious issues to address.

“The so-called 'Great Repeal Bill' should not be a blank cheque to negotiate a destructive Hard Brexit.

“They should negotiate for the outcome polls say the British people support above all – continued membership of the EU Single Market, with reforms to free movement.”

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP and supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“The Government may introduce their Great Repeal Bill but they shouldn't expect any favours from Parliament.

“MPs on all sides want to ensure that the best parts of our EU membership are kept intact. That means membership of the Single Market; close co-operation on security and fighting climate change; and the maintenance of vital EU rules which protect workers' rights.”