MPs’ vote on Brexit deal – is it a climbdown?

Yesterday, David Davis announced that MPs would get a binding vote on the final Brexit deal agreed with the EU. Although Labour called this decision a “climbdown”, in reality, it does not concede very much and does not put Brexit in doubt.

Essentially, MPs will be asked to take it or leave it. The choices will either be to accept the deal or to crash out of the EU without a deal.

Unsurprisingly, the Tory incorrigibles, led by Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry were none too happy with Davis’ concession, calling it unacceptable.

It may well be, however, that the wrangling turns out to be academic. There has to be an agreement upon which to vote and there is no sign of the two sides moving any closer. One informed commentator, indeed, has suggested that within a few weeks, the  chances of a deal will drop to zero.

There is no question that the “transitional deal” about which there has been much talk faces huge obstacles. Such outlines as have been provided would be unacceptable to many Tory Brexiteers and would still need a huge amount of negotiation with the EU within a short timescale to be signed off by Brexit day.

Is there a via media between this pipe dream (or better, pipe nightmare) and the worrying prospect of having to fall back on the so-called WTO option?  The EEA/EFTA route has been ruled out, a “deep and comprehensive” trade deal on the lines of the EU/Ukraine agreement would take too long and any bespoke deal would take too long to conclude.

And this remains the biggest concerns for those of us desiring to see a successful Brexit. There is no doubt that the remainiacs are still causing trouble, but outside the political bubble, very few people are taking any notice of them. The real worry is that the talks may fail and we will drift aimlessly towards March 29th 2019 with the resulting chaos leaving us battling calls to re-join the EU forthwith.

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  1. Adam HileyReply

    the sooner We rid ourselves of no hoper traitors like Soubry Starmer Corbyn & Grieve the better

  2. Derek ReynoldsReply

    As the government has never had a plan to leave the EU, and seemingly is ignoring the only viable way of exiting using EFTA and the EEA, then by default they have kicked the can down the road sufficiently far to just roll over and get walked on. There are no negotiations, only submission.

  3. StevenReply

    This wretched utter shambles of a ‘government’ will negociate a deliberately bad deal then put it to a vote in the House of Commons which will reject it because any form of real withdrawal is anathema to a parliament filled to the brim with Remainers. This assumes, of course, dithering Maybe doesn’t call another election to deliberately lose to Labour!

    Brexit, or at least a Brexit in anything but name only. IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I long ago realised that.

  4. John AshworthReply

    I don’t agree Steven, brexit will happen, and it could well be down to the soft remainers. Brexit might not be in the format that is expected presently, but I am more convinced than ever, we will be out.

    • Jason BReply

      Deep down I believe Brexit will happen. I believe on that eventful June day it was an over ruling hand that gave us Brexit. How it will unfold I can not say, but given faith, the over ruling hand can do it, its way..

  5. Phil JonesReply

    Either way, the UK leaves. If no deal happens, the UK LEAVES. If there should be a deal and the Remainers defeat it in Parliament, the UK LEAVES. What difference?! Remainers seem to think that if a deal comes back to Parliament and is defeated, the UK STAYS — but that is not an option after Article 50. And Article 50 couldn’t be reversed except via another referendum by the British people. .And if Remainers won a second referendum, then a third ‘decider’ would be needed. So LEAVING will happen, and David Davis giving Parliament a vote on any deal is meaningless.

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