With just 50 days to go until exit day, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP has laid a Private Members Bill to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.
Commenting on the Bill, Mr Brake said:
“With just 50 days to go it is irresponsible that the Conservative Government have failed to rule out crashing out of the EU. The Tories have made a mess of Brexit and are as far away from agreement within their own party as ever.
“It is time to stop this mess and move the UK away from the cliff edge. The only way forward now is a People’s Vote.
“That is why the Liberal Democrats have tabled this Bill to extend Article 50 and give the people the final say on May’s deal, with the option to stay in the EU.”
The Bill will be presented following any UQs or Statements in the House of Commons on 6th February 2019. Second reading will be 22nd March 2019.
Bill short title – European Union (Referendum on Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
Bill long title – A Bill to require the holding of a referendum in which one option is to endorse the agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the European Union on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and the other option is for the United Kingdom to continue to be a Member of the European Union; to require the Prime Minister to seek an extension of the period of two years specified in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union to a period ending after that referendum; and for connected purposes.