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Tim Dawson: How can any MP who’s serious about Brexit vote ‘to take No Deal off the table’?

It simply makes no sense. We were promised by the Prime Minister that “No Deal is better than a bad deal”. Perhaps we will discover tonight she didn’t actually believe herself – but, nevertheless, she was correct. Voting against No Deal represents this Parliament announcing it no longer intends to properly fulfil the referendum result; that it no longer has the stomach for the fight.

Taking No Deal off the table ruins the UK’s negotiation position. You cannot negotiate effectively if you are not prepared to walk away. This is a simple fact that everybody – everybody – understands, except it seems a few hundred Remainer MPs.

But, of course, they do understand. They know full well that removing the possibility of No Deal fundamentally kneecaps Brexit. Mr Barnier will be unable to believe his luck. Forced to soften his position by a hardening of the UK against the EU, he now finds the UK’s own Parliament turning the screws on itself.

Many of us on the Brexit side of the debate find it hard to follow what motivates these Remainer MPs. They, for the most part, were in the Parliament that voted for the referendum to take place. They promised to respect the referendum result. They stood – and were elected – on explicit, specific promises to deliver Brexit. Now they have convinced themselves they can void all that. They are only too keen to sacrifice their commitments to constituents at the altar of the EU’s grand federalising project.

We should not be afraid of leaving the EU on No Deal (actually, WTO rules). Scaremongering about massive queues of lorries leading to Dover is just that – scaremongering, as confirmed by officials on both side of the Channel. Indeed, the opportunities for the country are immense. Food, household appliances, lifestyle products can – and, according to a new government report, will – have their tariffs cut to nothing. This will directly benefit every family in this country – and the poorest families most.

No Deal scares the EU. They have always been afraid of open competition with a leaner, fitter, more innovative United Kingdom. Trust in our politicians and our democratic institutions is rapidly eroding. We have been treated to the spectacle of former Prime Ministers and legions of former and current MPs travelling to the EU, aside and in direct defiance of the Government, in order to do all they can to undermine this process.

Tonight, MPs must demonstrate, for the first time in a long time, that they are listening to people, rather than preaching at them. They must vote to keep No Deal alive.

Tim Dawson is the Editor of Britain’s Future. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson