Brexit is too important to be left to politicians
By Tom Brake
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
This week Jeremy Corbyn stuck two fingers up at Remainers.
When the time came to vote on the People's Vote amendment, he sat on his hands and ordered his MPs to do the same. My colleagues and I were livid - and judging by the reaction on social media, so were millions of Remainers.
If we've learnt anything this week, it's that Brexit is too important to be left in the hands of the politicians - a People's Vote is the only way forward.
Brexit has become a national embarrassment.
News outlets all over the world were leading with one thing last week - "UK Commons Chaos". It's a farce.
Last week's votes prove, once again, that the Government hasn't got a clue what it's doing. In the absence of an actual plan, her authority long gone, Theresa May's going to throw her botched deal at MPs over and over again.
So why does Parliament get to change its mind, but not the people? It's double standards of the highest order.
Liberal Democrats demand better.
We've fought to stop Brexit for nearly three years now. We've campaigned, lobbied and marched (and we'll be marching again - do join us on the 23rd March in London!).
And now, at spring conference in York, we've passed new policy to:
- Reaffirm our commitment to give you the final say on Brexit
- Call for the Government to revoke Article 50 if we're heading for no deal a week before we leave
- Remove the deadline for applying for settled status in the UK. We'll also provide physical paperwork to those who apply - this country is their home. Over-zealous future Governments can't be allowed to kick them out on a whim.
There's no deal better than what we have as members of the EU. We're not giving up - join 260,000 Remainers in our campaign for an Exit from Brexit today.