Tonight (15th January), the UK Government were defeated in the House of Commons over their European Union (Withdrawal) Act.
- 432 against
- 202 for
The result isn’t a complete surprise as those elected to make decisions on our behalf have become entrenched with their views and personal connections to a protectionist, 40 year political union.
Brief history on this saga:
- 9th June 2015 MP’s voted for a referendum on EU membership
- 23rd June 2016 referendum with majority voting to leave the EU
- 29th March 2017 EU Article 50 (exit clause) was triggered
- 18th April 2017 General Election called
- 8th June 2017 MP’s elected on Brexit manifestos
- 15th January 2019 MP’s voted against Brexit deal
Now, our MP’s are stuck in limbo, with the majority not agreeing the way forward on how to achieve Brexit.
There is only one way out of this mess. And, the answer is for parliament to go back to the people with another referendum. We should make the decision for them. I’m not suggesting another referendum on EU membership – we’ve already had that… but would they respect the result?
- We should have a referendum on the same question which was put to our pathetic politicians. Do we leave with the negotiated deal, or leave without?
A referendum is the only logical solution to breaking the impasse. Sadly, logic has gone out of fashion with the clowns that allegedly run this once great country of ours. They’ve made the UK a laughing stock due to their own inabilities.
I previously warned my MP of the consequences of voting down the deal put before the House of Commons. Now, I fear we’ve stepped onto a very slippery slope.
- At least my MP appears to have listened to residents concerns, having previously said she was going to vote against – she changed her mind and voted for the European Union (Withdrawal) Act. It’s a small consolation, but heartening that some MP’s do listen.
How did the MP’s for Cumbria vote?
- Trudy Harrison (Copeland) – Aye
- John Stevenson (Carlisle) – Aye
- John Woodcock (Barrow in Furness) – No
- Rory Stewart (Penrith and the Borders) – Aye
- Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale) – No
- Sue Hayman (Workington) – No
What happens next? How long is a piece of string?
The default position is that we leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 with no divorce agreement. There are are calls from some MP’s to delay that date, so that they can better negotiate a deal – but the EU have said that there will be no renegotiation. EU elections begin on 29th May 2019 – there isn’t much time left to resolve this mess.
Brexit has become Brexshit.