|AIWA! NO!|Mr Speaker, I beg to move, That this House has considered the Prime Minister’s unprecedented decision not to proceed with the final two days of debate and the meaningful vote despite the House’s Order of Tuesday 4 December 2018 and her failure to allow this House to express its view on the Government’s deal or her proposed negotiating objectives without the agreement of this House.
Mr Speaker I have had the privilege of serving in this House for 35 years and I’ve had strong disagreements over policy with every Prime Minister in that time.
But, I have never in all those 35 years witnessed such an abject mess as this Prime Minister has made of these crucial Brexit negotiations and in presenting her deal to this House.
Every Prime Minister loses votes and gets things wrong.
But yesterday the Prime Minister demeaned her office by unilaterally taking her discredited deal off the table and running away rather than face the verdict of this House.
There’s nothing wrong with standing by your principles but this deal is not one of principle and she’s not even prepared to stand by it.
Yesterday Mr Speaker they didn’t even have the decency to allow this House a vote on withdrawing the business.
She let down all MPs and the people we represent on both sides of this House, the overwhelming majority of whom know that this deal is dead and want to get on with putting a realistic solution in place.
However, Mr Speaker, I want to thank those Conservative MPs who boldly stood up yesterday to secure this debate the Hon members for Totnes, for Wellingborough, for Stone, for Rayleigh & Wickford, for Putney, for Beaconsfield, for Broxtowe, for Morley & Outwood, for Nuneaton.
This is no longer a functioning government and the Prime Minister must admit her deal is dead. Her shambolic negotiations have ended in failure and she no longer has the authority to negotiate for Britain when she doesn’t even have the authority of her own party.
Parliament may not have had the chance to vote down her deal, but as she herself has admitted if she had put it before this House it would have been defeated by a significant margin.
She has no authority to go to Europe and negotiate when she can’t even command a majority in this House.
She’s wasted £100,000 of public money in just seven days on Facebook adverts trying and failing to sell to the public her dog’s dinner of a Brexit deal.
In the days when she and I served on local councils, council leaders would have been surcharged for wasting public money like that.
She has failed to convince this House, failed to convince the public and she now seems doomed to fail to convince the European Union to accept any meaningful changes.
She cancelled her own Cabinet meeting this morning – presumably she’s not even sure if she commands a majority there anymore?
And who can blame them? About a dozen of them were sent into the TV and radio studios to deny the Prime Minister would pull the vote shortly before she phoned to tell them she was pulling the vote.
The Northern Ireland Secretary was quoted saying: “the UK must move on with Brexit or risk being riven with division”, shortly before the Prime Minister decided not to move on with Brexit.
This is the same Prime Minister who said hers was the best deal and the only deal.