Green MEP calls on MPs ‘of all stripes’ to back People’s Vote to avoid ‘constitutional crisis’

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has urged MPs from across the region to back a People’s Poll on any final Brexit deal, as David Davis acknowledged the Government could be heading for a constitutional crisis as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

During questioning by the Commons Exiting the EU Committee, the Brexit Secretary appeared to concede Stephen Kinnock’s assertion that plans to only offer MPs a ‘take it or leave it’ vote on a political agreement, rather than full exit treaty, in October would lead to a ‘constitutional crisis’.

In response, Mr Taylor said he believed the only real way to avoid a crisis “which would undermine the very essence of the British democratic system Brexiteers claimed leaving the EU would restore” is to offer the people of Britain the final say on the Brexit deal.

The senior Green politician urged the South East’s MPs of all stripes to recognise that the EU referendum was supposed to be the “start of a democratic process, not the end of democracy” and back the cross-party campaign for a People’s Poll.

Mr Taylor added:

“Yesterday we saw for the first time a Minister concede that the Government’s approach to Brexit raises hugely problematic questions about its respect for British democracy. To offer MPs only a ‘take it or leave it’ vote on a deal Ministers won’t have even finished negotiating is to show contempt for the sovereignty of British Parliament so many claimed Brexit would restore.”

“Yesterday we also saw, and certainly not for the first time, evidence that the Government is playing Brexit by ear; Ministers appear as if they simply haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. This is a defining moment in Britain’s history, yet it is being delivered without strategy and without a care for the consequences. And the consequences of a shambolic Brexit will be disastrous for the South East.”

“That’s why I am calling on MPs of all stripes across the region to trust in their constituents and the people of Britain and back the campaign to give them the final say on any deal negotiated on their behalf. The EU referendum was supposed to be the start of a democratic process, not the end of democracy. It is only right and democratic that the people have the final say.”