When Jeremy Corbyn said over the weekend that a new referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU is “an option for the future” but “not an option for today” he was not representing the views of west London MPs.
Ruth Cadbury, Rupa Huq and Andy Slaughter have all said recently that a People’s Vote is what should happen next. The MP for Brentford & Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, speaking at a neighbourhood coffee morning on Saturday said she was fortunate that her beliefs tallied with that of her electorate – 74% people in Chiswick voted Remain – and she pointed out that for the first time last week Theresa May had included ‘no Brexit’ as one of the country’s three current options: her deal, Brexit with no deal or no Brexit.
Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central & Acton, has been reminding people on Twitter that the Labour Party “unanimously decided” that Brexit could and should be stopped at its recent conference: “its sovereign decision-making body” .
Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith, also believes that Brexit would be an economic, political and cultural disaster for the UK. He wrote that it is now up to Parliament to vote down the deal. “It has taken over two years for Theresa May’s Government to produce a ‘Withdrawal Agreement’, which is only the first step in the Brexit process. It says nothing about our future relationship with Europe but is a clumsy and destructive attempt to sever the economic and political ties that have been built up over the past 40 years”. This is, he says “the most serious political crisis since 1945 and without a majority in Parliament, the honourable course is to call a General Election”.
All three MPs are among a group of 70 plus cross party MPs who have signed an amendment to the Finance Bill to get the government to publish an economic impact assessment comparing the Brexit deal on offer from Theresa May with the existing deal we have as a full EU member. “Voters need to know this vital information” says Rupa Huq.
Before you write to me to say that I’ve chosen a particularly mean picture of Ruth, it is by the way her chosen Twitter portrait, what I call her ‘WTF?’ expression.