Ahead of today’s Commons knife-edge vote on the Lords’ amendment to give parliament a “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal, West Midlands MEP James Carver argues such a move would be meaningless.
The independent Euro MP said: “Whilst everyone is tied up in knots over this amendment, they seem to be forgetting the role of the European Union in all this.
“The fear is that agreeing to a “meaningful vote” will tie the Government’s hands, making it impossible to negotiate a good deal.
“But if there was a vote next February in which Parliament calls for ministers to return to the negotiating table, I doubt there’d be enough time to extend Article 50 – and to do so would require the agreement of all 27 members of the EU.
“Even if an extension could be agreed would our negotiators really be able to come up with a new deal that would make it through Parliament – with a fractured Conservative party and Labour out to topple the Government?
“I doubt it – so despite all the hype and posturing a “meaningful vote” would actually be quite meaningless.”