Fox: Parliament is stealing Brexit from the people

Created on: 5th December 2018

Liam Fox warned that there is a real danger that parliament will try to ‘steal Brexit from the people,’ after a triple parliamentary defeat for the government increased the chances of the Brexit process being halted altogether.

The International Trade Secretary combative comments came at a hearing of the the trade committee. Following a question from SNP MP Angus MacNeil over the current state of Brexit, Fox reiterated his support for Theresa May’s deal.

He added: “There is a real danger that the House of Commons, which is a natural Remain majority, may attempt to steal Brexit from the people which I think will be a democratic afront.”

Amid mocking questions from the committee members, Fox came out fighting for May’s deal, “My view, frankly, is that if you are in prison and someone offers you the key you take it.”

Despite the government turmoil, the ardent Brexiteer doubled down on his convictions, stating that Brexit “is twice as right now” than it was at the 2016 referendum.

On Tuesday, Theresa May, partly due to rebellions in her own party and from the DUP, suffered multiple historic parliamentary defeats, in one of the worst days for a sitting Government in living memory:

• First, May’s government was found to in contempt of parliament for the first time in modern history over their refusal to publish the full legal advice of the Attorney General on the Withdrawal Agreement.

• MPs also won the right to have their say in the next step of the process should May’s deal be voted down on December 11 – effectively removing the option of a no deal Brexit.

It is anyone’s guess how the next few days are going to pan out. However the leave voters are really angry that they are not getting what they voted for, which is to come out of both the single market and customs union, take control of our borders, laws, farming and fishing industry.

Posted by David Pilkington

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posted by john on 07-12-18

Parliament can make what ever promises it wants, as can those who oppose Mrs May. After all they don't have to fulfill them. Mrs May has to deal with the reality of the eu seeking to punish us for daring to leave utopia. I almost wish she would call an election so her detractors can get there noses rubbed in the mess that negotiating with the eu is.

posted by Peter on 07-12-18

We need to walk away from the present farcical negotiations and leave without a deal. After all we have been trading under WTO rules for decades with other Counties, so why do we need a special deal which ties us hand and foot to the EU forever!

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