Brexit: A withdrawal deal must be approved by the electorate
Brexit has dominated my inbox for months, and especially over the last few days when I’ve received many more emails.
A good portion of these are calling for the revocation of Article 50, and I know that many people in Stroud have signed the petition calling for parliament to debate this.
Now is not the time to revoke Article 50. We need to get through this week first.
After months of mismanagement, the situation is now changing hourly and I will do my best to keep you informed as this week progresses.
To me, it is vital that we support the Kyle/Wilson amendment, which involves parliament agreeing an EU withdrawal deal that will only go ahead if it is approved by the people of the UK in a confirmation ballot.
This would ensure that firstly we have a deal, eliminating the possibility of ‘no deal’ and secondly, this would give the electorate an opportunity to approve that deal.
This would also be the stage in the process when we go back to the electorate with that deal and the options to Remain/Leave in a referendum.
More than anything, we need to try to resolve the Brexit issue now.
Finding a solution has not been helped by the intransigence of the Prime Minister, whose statements last week have hardened opinions largely against her and made our position with the EU more difficult.
We must avoid crashing out with no deal at all costs, but getting a deal we can put back to people will require parliament to take the lead - and MPs must seek compromises that can bring people together, not further divide.