Joint letter to The Times

I am one of the signatories of a letter published in The Times today (2oth February), arguing that a vote in Parliament at the end of the Government's negotiations must not involve the Government holding a gun to Parliament's head and forcing Parliament to choose between a bad deal or no deal at all.

You can read the letter in full below:


The government has promised to deliver “a good deal for Britain” in negotiating Brexit. This outcome is by no means guaranteed.

Although a vote has now been promised to parliament on the emerging settlement of the negotiations, the government is only offering a choice between a deal that may prove unsatisfactory as a means of safeguarding our country’s future, or withdrawal from the EU with no agreed relationship at all. A patriotic approach to the Brexit process would surely keep all options open in the national interest.

We believe parliament should amend the Article 50 notification bill to ensure that it can determine what should be done if negotiations break down. Parliament’s vote on any emerging settlement must also permit, if the terms are not in the national interest, amendment or extension of the negotiations, and to allow the country the option of an alternative relationship with the EU, including the possibility of membership.

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