Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
It’s now only six weeks until the UK is due to leave the EU and, last night, the Government lost yet another vote on Brexit. Though the motion last night was largely symbolic, it demonstrated that Theresa May has no majority for her Brexit plan, and cannot rely on the hard Brexiteers in her party for support – for them, it appears to be no-deal or bust. The Prime Minister seems intent on running down the clock, so the choice that faces MPs is whittled down to her deal or no-deal. Blackmailing MPs into supporting a highly flawed deal is no way to run a country.
Theresa May is putting her own interests and that of her party ahead of the national interest. Already, businesses are shipping products from countries like Japan or Australia, and they have no idea what trading arrangements will be in place by the time they arrive in the UK after 29th March. The Prime Minister must take no-deal off the table, and it’s clear that an extension of Article 50 is now needed to help us sort out this mess.