|AIWA! NO!|Theresa May’s “plan B” could emerge next week when at least four attempts to shape Brexit will be made by groups of MPs in the Commons. They will table amendments advocating rival suggestions for the way ahead.
Supporters of a Norway-style “soft Brexit”, keeping Britain in the single market as well as a customs union, believe the move could command majority support across the Commons. Support for amendments At least 100 MPs are pressing for a second referendum on EU membership.
Former Attorney General, MP Dominic Grieve speaks at a rally to discuss how to conduct a potential second Brexit referendum [Reuters] Plans for a so-called people’s vote have already been drawn up by the former Tory Attorney General Dominic Grieve and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn looks certain to table an amendment calling for single market and customs union membership as well as guaranteed protections for workers’ rights and environmental standards. Last hopes Conservative Brexiteers will attempt to strike out the controversial Irish backstop scheme from Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement.
Prime Minister Theresa May speaking outside 10 Downing Street in London after MPs rejected Labour’s motion of no confidence by 325 votes to 306. [PA Wire] Government loyalists have still not given up hope of the Commons ultimately backing the Prime Minister’s rejected agreement with Brussels if she can obtain some final concessions.
There appears to be a majority in the Commons against plan B becoming a no-deal Brexit, although that is legally the position if an alternative agreement cannot be struck.