McGovern – Prime Minister desperate to pretend Amendment 7 defeat didn’t happen

Prime Minister Theresa May appeared before the parliamentary Liaison Committee this afternoon to answer questions.

During an exchange with Yvette Cooper, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, the Prime Minister repeatedly refused to guarantee MPs a vote by statute relating to the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Her refusal to guarantee such a vote comes despite the Government’s recent defeat in Parliament over Amendment 7, which explicitly requires the prior enactment of a statute by Parliament approving the final terms of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Commenting, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The Prime Minister seems desperate to pretend that her humiliating defeat in the Commons over Amendment 7 didn’t happen.

“The language of the amendment was crystal clear: Parliament must be given a real, meaningful vote on the terms of Brexit. That means by statute, not just a rubber-stamp of whatever the Government manages to negotiate.

“It is not acceptable for the Prime Minister to try and ignore the democratically expressed will of our elected MPs. That would be an affront to our sovereign Parliament and the opposite of ‘taking back control’.”