Statement from David Drew MP: "Why this Brexit deal must be defeated."
“I will be voting against the deal presented by Theresa May this evening.
After weeks of fudge, the Government’s strategy, such as it is, lies in tatters.
If the Prime Minister’s deal is, once again, resoundingly defeated, I cannot see how she can continue.
She has led us down a cul-de-sac with no more options, including for herself as Prime Minister.
The Attorney General’s advice confirms that there are no ‘rabbits to pull out of the hat’, with no significant changes to the backstop.
This remains a deeply flawed deal which will not protect jobs, workplace rights or living standards or maintain environmental standards.
This deal would limit access for British businesses to vital EU markets and would allow future Tory governments to erode workers’ rights, consumer protections and environmental standards.
The next step, after defeating this deal, will be to ensure that we take ‘no deal’ off the table, and prevent a damaging Tory Brexit. After that, it will be a case of securing an extension to Article 50 and reviewing the options, including supporting or tabling amendments to support a public vote.”