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We could have delivered Brexit last night

April 2, 2019 4:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Last night, the Liberal Democrats could have delivered Brexit.

True, it would have been a 'softer' version of Brexit than Theresa May is pursuing. But it would still be a Brexit that stopped the free movement of people, a Brexit which made us rule takers but not rule makers and a Brexit that does nothing to protect 80% of our economy.

But that's not to say I'm not prepared to compromise. I am. I'm prepared to put any deal that is acceptable to the House of Commons to the people in a People's Vote.

Had we voted last night in favour of the Customs Union, we would have killed all hope of a People's Vote. We would have indicated our support for the deal Theresa May has negotiated with the EU, albeit with a revised 'political declaration'. The upshot would have been the UK permanently leaving the EU in the next few weeks.

I'm a proud European and a proud Remainer. The United Kingdom is stronger and better off as a full member of the European Union with all the benefits that membership bestows on our security, economy and way of life.

A People's Vote - and ultimately an Exit from Brexit - is what we've been working towards for nearly three years now. We're closer than ever to winning. The People's Vote option got more support last night than any other option.

#PeoplesVote nearly over finishing line tonight

If supporters of the Customs Union or Common Market were willing to link their 'deals' to a People's Vote, there could be a clear majority for a plan that could be tested against staying in the EU

Let's make it happen!

- Tom Brake MP (@thomasbrake) April 1, 2019

That's not to say I'm not prepared to compromise. I am. I'm prepared to put any deal that is acceptable to the House of Commons to the people in a People's Vote.

I'm currently working with MPs, from all parties (except the DUP), to put forward amendments that might combine the Customs Union, Common Market or perhaps even the PM's deal, with a People's Vote.

What we need to do now is work hard to persuade MPs who are warm to a People's Vote - but have not yet voted for it - to vote in support of it over the next few days. The more signatures on our Exit from Brexit campaign, the easier this will be: