Thursday 29 November 2018 / 9:20 AM Brexit / Jeremy Corbyn

Labour tables amendment to meaningful vote to prevent a no deal Brexit

Labour has today tabled its amendment to the meaningful vote rejecting Theresa May’s botched Brexit deal and preventing the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

The amendment calls on Parliament to:

  • Reject Theresa May’s bad Brexit deal because it fails to protect jobs and living standards, workers’ rights and environmental standards – or provide sufficient guarantees on national security
  • Prevent the chaos of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal
  • Keep all options on the table to protect the UK from a no deal scenario, with a general election as the best outcome for the country

The amendment fulfils the commitments made at the Labour Party’s conference to oppose any deal the Tories brought back that does not meet the party’s six tests, and protect the country from the disastrous consequences of a no deal scenario.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Labour will oppose Theresa May’s botched Brexit deal that puts jobs, rights and people’s livelihoods at risk.

“There is a sensible deal that could win the support of Parliament, based on a comprehensive customs union, with a British say in future trade deals, and a strong single market deal that protects rights at work and environmental safeguards and helps us to rebuild our economy and expand our public services. However, Theresa May’s worst of all worlds deal is miles away from delivering that.

“It is a miserable failure of negotiation by a Government that has wasted the last two years fighting with itself, rather than securing a better deal with the EU.

“The Tories have no right to inflict the chaos that would following crashing out of the European Union without a deal. That is why we will work with all sides in Parliament to oppose no deal.”

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Wording of Labour amendment:

“1) declines to approve the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship because it fails to provide for a permanent UK-EU customs union and strong single market deal and would therefore lead to increased barriers to trade in goods and services, would not protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, allows for the diminution of the United Kingdom’s internal and external security and is likely to lead to the implementation of a backstop provision in Northern Ireland that is neither politically nor economically sustainable;

2) declines to approve the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement;

3) and therefore resolves to pursue every option that prevents the United Kingdom’s either leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement or leaving on the basis of the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House.”