Multi-deal Brexit (WTO) is the default option

Or have MPs been lying to us for the last two years?

This evening, MPs will once again gather in Westminster for an important series of votes in the Commons. This time they will be voting on the “UK's withdrawal from the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship”.

This is the debate promised by Mrs May which will have the effect of taking the option of a multi-deal Brexit on WTO terms off the table. In the BBC’s terms, this is the ‘no deal’ option being removed.

Whilst the vote carries no legislative weight, it will help to determine primary legislation which we believe the Government will bring forward within days.

MPs will be voting against themselves

It is widely expected that MPs will vote this evening to take ‘no deal’ off the table. In doing so, they will be voting against what they had already approved when they voted to trigger Article 50.

On 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that the Government must enact legislation in order to invoke Article 50. In a piece of irony not uncommon in the Brexit story, it was arch-Remainer Gina Miller and her friends who forced this.

The result was the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017. This Act permitted the Prime Minister to give formal notice to the EU of the UK’s departure.

They voted by almost 5 to 1

MPs voted by 494 to 122 on 8 February 2017 to pass this Bill – a massive majority of 372, far higher than any majority in any recent votes relating to Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement. The Act received Royal Assent on 16 March 2017 and Article 50 was invoked on 29 March 2017.

This Act effectively made the exiting of the European Union unconditional, after two years from the date of invoking article 50. Primary legislation therefore dictates that the UK leave the EU on 29 March 2019.


After voting for this Act by almost 5 to 1, MPs now wish to reverse their decision this evening. In effect, they have deceived the country for almost two years. And those two years included a General Election.

The EU have made clear that they will offer nothing more. In effect, therefore, MPs will be voting tonight to remove the possibility of leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, as voted for by Parliament and as promised more than 80 times by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

This will then be followed by further votes tomorrow, to delay or otherwise thwart Brexit.

It is our opinion that the majority of our MPs are now unfit for purpose.

[Sources : Hansard | The Supreme Court ]

Brexit Facts4EU.Org 13 Mar 2019

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Reader Comments 6

1. James Bertram , Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 08:30:

I posted this on the Anne-Marie article last night. It's better if placed here:
Email I've just sent to my Remain Tory Minister Anne Milton - which may (or may not) inspire you to send similar:
Dear Anne,
Tomorrow you vote for or against keeping 'No Deal' on the table. It is a free vote - so there is no place to hide.
You have indicated that you will vote to remove No Deal - despite this being against the referendum result, against your manifesto promises, and against your having voted to trigger Article 50; too, it is against your local AGM's motion on 8th March. Frankly, I regard you as a lost cause.
However you may not have considered this matter of self-preservation:
If we do not leave on the 29th March you will split the Tory Party. With Labour bringing about a vote of no confidence, you will have left the Brexiteers no option but to bring the Government down. The Brexiteers will then fight the election as a separate pro-Brexit Tory Party - it is the only way the Tories can win - and too, they will win, and probably by a landslide because who else will 17.4 million betrayed voters vote for? And you will be out on your ear, deservedly so.
So, if you want to stay in Government, then you need to make sure No Deal remains on the table, and that we leave on the 29th March.

2. Jon, Wales , Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 09:38:

Excellent article, though I fear remain MPs will not care as they appear to have a problem being reminded of what most of them voted for and set into motion.
Those MPs who defy a democratic majority should stand down. Why should we ordinary people trust MPs when their majority do not accept the majority instruction from the electorate.
Consider this, Stephen [remoaner] Gethins MP (SNP Europe spokesman), won his 2017 Westminster seat by TWO VOTES ONLY (or 0%). I suggest it right and proper his constituency be re-run, or do we accept he won a democratic mandate of two votes? Mr Gethins has the honour of being the holder of the LOWEST 2017 MAJORITY yet he objects to 17.4 million voting to "Leave the European Union".
No MP has the right to defy the majority electorate, which in this case was a UK-wide vote to which Parliament consented. EVERY MP knew what they were doing, but [remoaner MPs] now throw their dummies out of their pram! In fact, many MPs voting for the referendum are the very same MPs trying to subvert the 2016 majority vote.
SO WHY SHOULD WE TRUST MPs EVER AGAIN when they treat the electorate with contempt? I do not of course include MPs fighting hard to get us out of the EU.

3. Stefan, Germany , Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10:13:

I hope that you allow me to tell one German view, The British people must not leave without a deal. If they want to leave the EU they will leave in an orderly fashion as the Prime Minister May said. There are the rules, and also everybody must respect the other nations of the EU. The chaos will not be good for the British reputation. Greetings, Stefan.

4. Scientist , Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:03:

We DON't WANT to crash out with no deal. The problem in fact is that the hard-line brexiteers are trying to oppose any sensible proposal. Today hopefully no deal will be taken off the table and that might make brexiteers come to their senses finally...

5. Patrick F , Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 16:48:

Scientist, are you a 'hard line' remainer? If so, could you tell me what are the tangible benefits of remaining in the EU.

6. Paul A , Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 19:28:

Scientist, whilst thinking of an answer to Patrick's simple question please consider the following;
Would you go out to buy a car, insist you pay more for the car your family don't want, which is expensive to run and is plagued with issues or do you keep the option of walking away with your money and family? Just a thought...

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