Former Downing Street fixer Sir Oliver Letwin told the Evening Standard “I do believe there is a cross-party majority for that solution in the House of Commons.” Whilst Nicky Morgan added: “It has been clear for months now that a consensus in Parliament can be found around access to the single market and being part of a customs union, which points towards a Norway-plus solution.” It comes after MPs were told a second referendum was the only way to break the deadlock in Parliament.
Former Cabinet minister Justine Greening warned Parliament would remain deadlocked under the current deal, before urging the Government to “ask the people” to break the impasse.
The Tory former education secretary told MPs a referendum could be held in the next 22 weeks as she derided Theresa May’s current plan.
Ms Greening said the deal negotiated by the Prime Minister was the equivalent of asking someone to “jump out of a plane without knowing if your parachute is there and attached”.
She said: “If this was anything else comparable, for example a big infrastructure project, we’d have a national policy statement that might be a thousand pages of detail for the House to consider.
“Here we’ve got just 26 pages, a proposed deal on leaving the European union is perhaps the ultimate national policy statement, yet we’ve virtually nothing, it’s the political equivalent of being asked to jump out of a plane without knowing if your parachute is there and attached, it’s like agreeing to move out of your house without knowing where your going to live next or not even having agreed the sales price but selling out and signing a contract anyway.
“None of us would do this in our own lives, yet this Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration asks us to do it on behalf of our country.”
Published at Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:41:00 +0000