As Parliament prepares to vote on Mrs. May’s Withdrawal Agreement, MPs need to consider what the country expects of them. Does this Withdrawal Agreement properly facilitate Brexit? No. Does it provide a gateway to permanent control by the EU? Absolutely.
We have, as Conservative MP Nigel Evans noted, a Remainer Parliament in a Leave country – and that is the root cause of much of our discontent. Too many MPs voted for the referendum expecting their side of the argument to win, and have found themselves unprepared – incapable, even – of implementing the result. Perhaps they’ve spent too much time conspiring in dimly-lit Westminster bars, but far too many MPs on both sides of the house have managed to convince themselves that derailing Brexit is an acceptable way forward.
Any doubts about opposing the Withdrawal Agreement are removed by the EU’s letter. If Brussels didn’t want the backstop to enter into force, it wouldn’t have insisted on it. Instead, it would have agreed a deep FTA that removed the need for border checks. https://t.co/MFjmmC0x2s
— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) January 14, 2019
It seems likely Parliament will vote down Mrs. May’s Withdrawal Agreement. It is unpalatable to Brexiteers and Remainers. For Brexiteers, it is deeply flawed – a long-winded, fatalistic document of surrender. It does not restore control of our laws and money. It splits up our country. And it features a ‘backstop’ which effectively keeps us tied into the EU forever, in a position of servitude. It’s hard to see how a Brexit-backing MP could vote for it – though the cynical amongst us may wonder if, in a handful of cases, a gong might have helped grease the wheels.
A fact amidst the rumours. The Prime Minister is failing to persuade most rebel Conservative MPs to switch and support her deal. https://t.co/C65uWGb6wd
— ConservativeHome (@ConHome) January 14, 2019
For many of us, Brexit is a matter of high principle – and it has been a genuine surprise watching this “Mother of Parliaments” reduce it to a forum for low skulduggery. The People’s Vote protestors have been shill – but, thankfully, they are few in number. A second referendum would do immense damage to this country; saying to ordinary voters ‘no, you got it wrong – vote our way this time’ makes a mockery of democracy. It will sever the increasingly thin thread of trust between our representatives and those they represent. It must be avoided at all costs.
Stay positive. The fears you hear from those who never wanted to leave the EU don't stand scrutiny and are reaching a hysterical pitch now it is near. https://t.co/DuNQvQovNG
— Marcus Fysh MP (@MarcusFysh) January 13, 2019
It’s crunch time for Parliament. When the withdrawal agreement is rejected, it will be time for MPs to reassess their positions. With trust in politicians at an all time low, they should take this opportunity to restore faith and work together to deliver the full and clean Brexit our country voted for. The opportunities are immense.
Tim Dawson is the Editor of Britain’s Future. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson