Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Yesterday was yet again dominated by votes on Brexit. I voted for Yvette Cooper’s amendment on extending Article 50, but regrettably this was defeated. An amendment by Caroline Spelman, setting out Parliament’s objection to a “no deal” Brexit, was passed but is merely symbolic and will likely be ignored by the Government.
Theresa May, in a startling u-turn, backed a successful amendment tabled by senior Tory backbencher Graham Brady, meaning that she will now go to Brussels and ask for the Withdrawal Agreement to be re-opened and the Northern Irish backstop to be removed. This is despite the fact that, a little over a fortnight ago, Theresa May herself said neither of these moves would be possible – something the EU has reaffirmed since last night’s vote in Parliament.
What has become abundantly clear is that the Prime Minister is putting her party above all other interests. The Conservative Party has finally united over a Brexit policy, but it is based on a fantasy deal. I am convinced that many of the Tories who supported the Prime Minister last night did so merely as a front to move the country closer to a disastrous “no deal” outcome. Meanwhile, the clock continues to tick, and the uncertainty over where this unholy mess will end up remains.