At every stage, the PM has sidelined our elected MPs to force us out of the EU
Today is one of those rare occasions when threats of a Parliamentary rebellion become more than just words.
Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has laid down an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill – calling for a ‘meaningful’ vote for MPs on the terms of Brexit.
He is not messing around – he has just confirmed that he will not withdraw his amendment in return for ministers tabling an alternative. With rebel backbenchers joining forces with Labour, this is a stand-off where Parliament may overrule the executive.
That’s despite Tory whips allegedly making legal threats against rebel MPs who speak out against alleged bullying over the amendments.
But today’s battle is just one example of Theresa May attempting to resist and limit MPs. At every stage, ‘taking back control’ for the PM has meant taking it back for her – not our MPs.
1. Our own government had to be taken to court just to let MPs trigger the Article 50 process
2. David Davis claimed to have 80 ‘impact assessments’, then refused to release them…before it turned out they didn’t exist
4. Just yesterday, the government overrode attempts from the Scottish and Welsh governments to stop Ministers backtracking on devolution after Brexit
5. Now Ministers are refusing to give MPs a meaningful vote on any trade deal. Instead, MPs are being given a ‘take it or leave it’ scenario – with no chance of influencing the final deal
All this is simply adding to demands for a second referendum on our departure from the EU altogether. If our elected MPs can have any sway, then the public must.
Surely it’s in May’s interest to avoid that scenario?
Josiah Mortimer is Editor of Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter.Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.