Yesterday represented an important step forward for Brexit. Aside from the Spelman amendment, which signalled Parliament’s squeamishness about ‘No Deal’ but was non-binding and passed only very narrowly, the majority of MPs made it clear they wish to honour the referendum result. Yvette Cooper’s amendment – which would have plunged us into another year of endless purgatorial argument and threatened to derail our departure completely – was rejected decisively. As things stand, if the Prime Minister cannot secure an altered Withdrawal Agreement, we are due to leave the EU on March 29th on WTO terms when article 50 expires.
The so-called Malthouse Compromise (named after Tory MP Kit Malthouse, who encouraged a dialogue between the leave and remain factions of the Conservative Parliamentary Party) also looks promising. This is a new plan for Brexit, supported by a large number of ERG MPs – such as Steve Baker and Jacob Rees-Mogg – and MPs such as Nicky Morgan and Stephen Hammond from the Remain caucus. The plan would involve renegotiating the backstop (essential if any form of Withdrawal Agreement is to get through the House) and then an extended transition period which would allow extra time for both sides to prepare for Britain’s departure on WTO terms in 2021 – or sign an FTA.
On this site, we do not believe the rhetoric from the metropolitan Remain establishment about WTO. We believe trading on WTO terms is the easiest way to secure the freest possible trade, whilst maintaining the sovereign integrity of our country. Of course, an FTA is always welcome – but the EU have form in being unable to come to terms. The Malthouse Compromise represents a viable way forward for all sides of the debate, smoothing the transition for Remainers and the EU whilst ensuring the United Kingdom Brexits fully. We hope Mrs. May will adopt the plan. Finally, a solution to the deadlock has been found. The government should seize it.
Tim Dawson is the Editor of Britain’s Future. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson